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How to keep your pets safe during Fourth of July celebrations

Whether you're setting off fireworks or going to a show for the Fourth of July, it's important...
Whether you're setting off fireworks or going to a show for the Fourth of July, it's important to consider our furry friends so they don't run off and get lost. (Source: Pixabay)
Published: Jul. 1, 2021 at 11:43 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Does your four-legged friend fear fireworks? Get a little too curious during the cookout?

As we near the Fourth of July, don’t forget your pet when planning your holiday.

Here are pet safety tips from the Animal Protective League of Cleveland:

  • Never use fireworks around pets: Lit and unlit fireworks pose a threat due to the risk of burns or toxic substances
  • Going to a party? Leave your pet at home. “Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets”
  • Sound distractions: Turn on soft music, air conditioning or fans to mute some of the noise
  • Reducing anxiety: Try out an anti-anxiety vest or snuggly fitting t-shirt
  • Talk to your veterinarian: Consider scheduling an appointment to discuss medicine or other supplements that might help with anxiety
  • Keeping your pet secure: The APL suggests moving your pet to an interior room with no windows. Check that all gates, windows and doors are closed
  • Allow your pet to hide: Many pets will retreat to a small closet, bathtub, or will hide under furniture, the Cleveland APL said
  • Keep your pet’s information up-to-date: Check their ID tag, microchip and dog license

To avoid the risk of poisoning, keep these items out of reach:

  • Alcohol
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Matches
  • Lighter fluid
  • Glow jewelry

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