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10 pet safety tips for July 4th

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WSIL -- July 4 is the day many people look forward to watching fireworks displays, but it is also the one day a year when the most dogs go missing.

Like most holidays, the 4th of July is designed for humans, but not necessarily your pets. Remember that what's fun for you can be scary for them. Do not bring your pets to your fireworks displays and do not leave them inside a car for any amount of time in this heat.
Here are 10 safety tips to keep your pets safe tomorrow:

  1. Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
  2. Keep your dogs inside during fireworks, preferably with human companionship. If it's hot, air conditioning will help. Bringing your dogs to a fireworks display is never a good idea. If you plan on attending a fireworks show, leave your dog something fun to stay busy – like a frozen Kong filled with his or her favorite treats. Leave a safe place for dogs to retreat to such as a crate.
  3. If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.
  4. Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestion, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
  5. Don't put insect repellant on your pet that isn't specifically for pet use. The same tip applies to applying "people" sunscreen on your pet. Use sunscreen made specifically for pets. What isn't toxic to humans can be toxic to animals.
  6. Don't let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  7. Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets' reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
  8. Keep citronella candles, insect coils and tiki torch oil products out of reach. Ingestion can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression.
  9. Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. Keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals
  10. Be prepared in the event that your pet does escape. Keep your pets' IDs and microchip information up to date! It's a good idea for all your animal companions—even indoor-only pets—to always wear a collar with an ID tag that includes your name, current phone number and any relevant contact information.

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