Things to Consider Fireworks Safety and Pets Issue July

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					 Things to Consider– Fireworks Safety and Pets                                                 Issue 04, July 2, 2011

DRINK, CELEBRATE,             AND BE       MERRY
There are many ways family and friends celebrate during the holidays;
picnics and BBQs, indoor dinners, loud music, drinking, and fireworks or noisemak-
ers. Although these things may seem exciting and harmless to us, many of our
animal companions suffer a great deal of stress and distressed animals tend to suf-
fer behavioral and health issues.

With proper precautions; the whole family will be able to enjoy a safe and happy
Fourth.




SIMPLE PRECAUTIONS, GREAT DAY

         Animal companions should be left at home. Loud noises, fire, and crowds are not safe. Animals could become
         scared, lost, and hurt.


         Always use a leash or pet carrier they must be brought outdoors but never leave them unsupervised, even if
         secured.


         Offer a safe and quiet getaway with favorite bedding and toys. This could help alleviate stress and insure safety.


         Take dogs out for a long walk. Before the festivities begin, a long walk can offer a bit of stress relief and allevi-
         ate any frightened accidents.



SIGNS     OF   STRESS, KEEP           AN   EYE OUT

 DOGS     AND     CATS                                        SMALLER ANIMALS
 •   Trembling, shaking, and/or unusual pacing                •   Trembling and shaking
 •   Excessive drooling                                       •   Growling or squeaking
 •   Refusing to eat or drink                                 •   Pulling at fur or feather
 •   Trying to hide or escape                                 •   Unusual increase or decrease in activity and/or socializa-
 •   Loss of bladder or bowel control                             tion
 •   Shedding                                                 •   Rapid breathing
 •   Whining and/or barking                                   •   Staying at the bottom of cages or housing
 •   Unusual nipping and/or growling



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