Fourth of July top day for lost pets: Keep your cats and dogs safe

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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.

Is your four-footed friend missing? Add their picture to Dick Goddard’s missing pet photo gallery here.

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