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


         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

         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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