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Keep Your Pet Safe Tomorrow with These Tips!

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More pets go missing on July 4th than any other date.  The loud fireworks and outside activities are a perfect storm for dogs and cats alike to get loose, scared, and run away.

Check off these tips to make it a great and safe celebration for every furry member of your family:

  1. Take your dog for a long walk before any celebrations begin.  It’s a great chance to wear out their energy and let them potty.
  2. Never use fireworks near your pet.  The noise is exceptionally spooky to them and may cause them to bolt away in fear.  Plus, they may get burned.
  3. Ensure your pets are wearing collars with current ID tags on them.  And because collars can sometimes come off, it’s a great bet to have your pets microchipped as well.
  4. Festivals, especially those with fireworks or even sparklers, are a bad mix for pets on any holiday and carry extra risk.  July 4th is even worse.
  5. If you leave your pet at home, make sure that all windows and doors are closed and secured.  Draw down all shades and blinds to limit the light from fireworks.
  6. Wherever you leave your pet, try playing soothing music to drown out any stray firework celebrations you can’t plan for in advance.
  7. Give your pet something to play with such as a toy or chew that can last for hours.
  8. Consider staying at home with your pet this year to ensure their complete safety.
  9. If your pet is extremely anxious around loud noises and lights (like during thunderstorms, too) then consult a veterinarian about other ways to calm your pet.

Have any other tips you’d like to share?  Hit us up on Facebook (facebook.com/ZazzaMornings) or Twitter (@ZazzaMornings) and let us know!

(Photo credit should read GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo credit should read GENT SHKULLAKU/AFP/Getty Images)

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