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July 3, 2014

Important tips to keep your pets safe this holiday weekend

Ada — The bangs, pops and flashing lights that accompany Fourth of July celebrations are part of the fun for people.

But those loud noises and bright lights can be a source of stress for pets. Some animals may start shaking or trembling, while others may try to hide or run away. Still others may bark, howl or refuse to eat their food.

The Animal Defense League of Texas offers these tips for protecting pets from the stress associated with fireworks:

• Keep pets indoors, close the curtains or blinds and turn on the TV or radio to provide some distraction.

• A quiet place, such as a carrier or crate, may give your pet a sense of security and comfort. If your pet seeks comfort in a bathtub or under a bed or other small space, let them be.

• If you must be outside with your pets, use leashes or carriers to prevent them from running away. Flight is a common response to stress or fear.

• Practice fire safety. Keep pets away from matches, open fires and fireworks — especially if they are lighted on the ground. Pets may try to sniff or eat fireworks, and their hair can catch fire if they are too close to the fireworks.

• Resist the urge to take your pets to fireworks displays. Keep them at home in a quiet area that is safe from the noise, sheltered and escape-proof.

• Make sure your pet has proper identification tags with current information, in case he or she runs off. Micro-chipping is strongly recommended.

• If you know that your pet is seriously stressed by loud noises, consult your veterinarian before July 4 to discuss ways to ease the animal’s fear and stress.


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