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Keep your pets safe this July 4th!

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This is my dog Buddy...

 BUDDY HATES FIREWORKS.

...he really does. I've tried to explain to him what the July 4th holiday is all about but he thinks we're under attack. He doesn't equate fireworks to celebrating our freedom from the British. He thinks he's living in a war zone.

More pets are lost on July 4th than any other time of the year. I can't tell you how many phone calls, emails and facebook messages I get this time every year. So many people's pets get scared and run off. So BEFORE you shoot off the fireworks take a minute and consider your pet!

ID YOUR PET

A microchip is great - but many vet clinics and shelters are closed for the holiday. If your dog has a current tag with your phone number on it someone can call you immediately if they find your pet. You can get one at many pet supply stores.

DON'T TAKE THEM TO WATCH THE FIREWORKS

Your pet can get scared and take off quickly. Keep them inside. Some dogs might not be afraid of the fireworks but instead see it as a game. Keeping them inside keeps them safe. In fact, Buddy is just about as nervous inside as he is outside, so I turn on the radios (KFDI of course), I leave the TVs on and even turn the fans on high to mask the sound for him.

DON'T LEAVE THEM IN THE BACKYARD UNATTENDED

A couple years ago, I left Buddy in the backyard for 45 minutes on July 5th. I had it in my head July 4th was over and he'd be fine for just a little bit. Nope. When I got home I saw my neighbors trying to catch him in the middle of the street. He had gotten scared and jumped (or crawled) out of the yard. It can happen so quickly. They're much better off inside, enjoying a nice bone than outside dealing with the stress of fireworks.

Take a few minutes and think about keeping your pets safe during the July 4th holiday. Because you'd panic too if you had no idea what fireworks were all about!

 

 

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