CLEVELAND– More pets are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year.
There are unfamiliar sights, sounds and people all around. That’s why July 5 is the busiest day for animal shelters, rushing to reunite dogs and cats with their owners.
But before the holiday festivities begin, here are a few things you can do to keep your animal safe:
- Make sure your fur baby is wearing a collar with up-to-date ID tags.
- Take a current photo of your animal, in case they runaway.
- Walk your dog before the party begins so they have less energy.
- Remind guests to close doors and gates behind them so dogs can’t get out.
- Keep party supplies like charcoal, fireworks and glow necklaces away from precocious pets.
- Check the label before using sunscreen or insect repellent on your animal.
- Leave your pet at home during fireworks. If your animal is afraid of loud noises, play music to mask the sounds.
- As always, keep harmful foods like chocolate, alcohol, grapes, onions and garlic away from animals.
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