Tips to keep pets safe during Fourth of July

Published 10:22 pm Monday, July 3, 2017

Fireworks are a symbol to many of America’s independence and are used as a way to celebrate on the Fourth of July. Although humans enjoy the loud, bright explosives that light up the sky, pets don’t enjoy them.

PETA has a few suggestions to keep your dogs safe during the holiday.

Selma, Orrville and Valley Grande will all be having fireworks displays Tuesday night, but be sure to leave the dogs at home and inside.
It’s best to keep dogs indoors, but be sure they have their collars on if they’re inside or out.

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“Make sure they have collars with identification tags on them,” said Lynn Sanders, vice president of the Humane Society of Central Alabama.
Sanders also said to be sure pets that are microchipped are registered.

“If your dog is microchipped, make sure it’s registered,” she said.

PETA also suggests to close all windows, curtains and blinds and to distract pets with games and even treats. Sanders said the best thing to do is to plan ahead.

“The best thing to do is plan in advance,” Sanders said. “If you find out from this 4th of July that your dog does have a fear of fireworks, then you need to get with your vet about possible medication and behavioral modification for him for next time.”