Protect your Pet

On July 4, 1776, thirteen American colonies claimed their independence from England.  Since that historic day, each year on July 4th, Americans celebrate, not only our country’s independence but the anniversary of the birth of a Nation.

Fireworks immediately come to mind when thinking of the Fourth of July.  John Adams, one of the founding fathers and second president of the United States, was said to have envisioned fireworks as part of the Independence Day celebration and, thus fireworks were set off.  Two hundred and forty-three years later, fireworks remain a key part of the 4th of July/Independence Day celebration.

Red, White & BOOM! Though this is one of man’s favorite holidays, animals don’t share that enthusiasm. More pets get lost on July 4th than any other day of the year. Dogs are especially sensitive to the loud sounds of fireworks and may run, hid or show additional signs of anxiety.

Protect your Pets: Be sure your pets are wearing ID tags. Exercise your pets before the fireworks begin. Keep charcoal, fireworks, and sparklers away from your pets. Use music or TV to mask the BOOM. Make your pets feel safe, comfortable and reassured.

Be Responsible When Setting Off Fireworks: Find a safe place, clear from buildings and vehicles. Never give fireworks to children or set off near your pets. Light one firework at a time and quickly move away. Never relight a dud and always have a ready to use hose nearby. Place the used and duds in a bucket or trash can and soak.

Stay Safe, Stay Sober:  If you decide to have a drink or two, Don’t Drink and Drive any motorized vehicle (car, motorcycle, boat, ski-doo…..). Your pets need you.



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