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Sun, Jan. 19

Fourth of July could be a bad holiday for pets

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Next week citizens in our great nation will be celebrating Independence Day, July 4. Part of our community'd5s tradition is having fireworks displays and barbecues and bringing families together in celebration. The explosions of color and the excitement generated by fireworks are very entertaining to people. However, our pets generally don'd5t appreciate such activity. It is important that you ensure your pets safety during this holiday celebration.\

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cf0 Check your pet'd5s identification tag and make sure it has correct information. If your pet does become lost, an identification tag can be his best ticket home. If you don'd5t have a current identification tag on your pet, you can visit your local pet supply store. They can help you obtain one. Many people in our community have a microchip implanted in their pet. This is a permanent form of identification, and local officials scan for microchips when they pick up stray pets. If your pet has a microchip, make sure the company that has your records has current information. It can be quite sad when someone has a false sense of security by thinking their pet is protected. Then, to find out in their time of need that their pet was not protected because the record was not updated. \

If you are going to leave your home to enjoy the celebrations taking place in town, make sure your pet is secure in your home. Bring your pet(s) inside, and provide them some comforts to ease their stress, especially if there may be fireworks in your neighborhood. Leave the television or radio on to help drown out the noise of any fireworks close to your home. Give them a chew toy or bone to occupy their time. Make sure they are safe in your home. \

Most importantly, make sure you have a current photo of your pet. Many people looking for their lost pet make flyers to post around their neighborhood. Adding a picture of their pet really helps in securing her return. However, you need to make sure it'd5s a current photo. The more people looking for your pet, the better your chances of having him returned. \

These are just a few ways to make sure your pet is safe during the celebrations taking place in honor of the July 4 Independence Day. We are the caregivers to our beloved pets and we need to think about their safety as much as our own. Let'd5s make sure our pets are safe during this July 4 celebration, and enjoy your independence. kerning1expnd-1expndtw-2

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