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Keep your pets safe on the Fourth of July
If your dog is accompanying you to family activities during this Fourth of July weekend, there are some important safety tips to consider; some dogs may be sensitive to loud fireworks and the chaos of large crowds.
Even if your dogs are calm around loud noises, taking them to local fireworks displays can be risky - they may get lost in the crowd. Losing a pet is a very challenging time for owners, and millions of lost animals end up in shelters every year, especially following holiday weekends. There are several precautions you should take to keep your pet safe. First, the best strategy is to leave your animals at home. If you are taking them with you, make sure they have your current contact information on their collars. Dr. Linda Lord, associate professor of veterinary preventive medicine and associate dean for student affairs, has done a lot of research on finding lost pets. She highly recommends talking with your family veterinarian about placing a microchip in your pet, and making sure their ID tags are updated. Read more tips for finding lost pets here. Also check out our other summer safety tips for pets.
Posted July 2, 2014