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The original item was published from 6/22/2017 8:25:00 AM to 6/22/2017 8:26:09 AM.
Posted on: June 26, 2017
[ARCHIVED] July 4th Pet Safety Tips
Fireworks and backyard barbecues are fun traditions for people but can be scary and potentially dangerous to pets. Following are some tips to help keep your pets safe before, during, and after the Independence Day holiday.
- License and microchip your pet. A license and chip are critical to help ensure a safe return home should your pet escape.
- Consult with a veterinarian if your pet is sensitive to loud noises.
- Make sure your pets and livestock have a safe and secure environment.
- Don’t bring your pet with you to a fireworks display and don’t use fireworks around your pet.
- Provide your pet with a safe, comfortable, and quiet place to go while fireworks are going off.
- Play soothing music or turn on the TV to help mute the sound of fireworks.
- Backyard barbecue standards like citronella candles, matches, alcohol and sunscreen are dangerous to animals and should be keep away from them.
- Check your yard for fireworks debris before allowing your pet out.
- Fireworks often continue after July 4 so ensure your animals have a safe and quiet place to retreat to.