Keep Your Pets Safe And Sound This Fourth Of July

The acute hearing of dogs makes them more sensitive to the loud bangs caused by fireworks, easily scaring them.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - This 4th of July holiday period may be enjoyable to you and your family, but it could be a nightmare for your pet.

Veterinary experts say the acute hearing of dogs makes them more sensitive to the loud bangs caused by fireworks, easily scaring them.

 Dr. Mike Hutchinson with Animal General in Cranberry tells the KDKA Radio Morning News where to keep your dog calm if you plan to enjoy some fireworks...

“We want to make sure we are taking care of our pets. Maybe put them inside nestled in a crate possibly. Maybe somebody can stay home with them but don’t take them to the fireworks; it’s a really bad idea.”

Dr. Mike adds according to the Humane Society, July 4 is the biggest day of the year for lost pets because they get scared and run off.

“So July 5 becomes the worst day for the shelters because they find pets miles from their homes, exhausted and a lot of times their pets are worn out and they’re just utterly terrified,” says Dr. Mike.

If you don’t’ want to take any risks, Dr. Mike says to take a photo of your pet and make its tags are updated just in case they do run away.

If you plan to shoot off fireworks at your house, even small ones, Dr. Mike says the best thing you can do for your pet is to put them in a central location of the house, preferably with someone present and maybe some music on to distract them from the noise.

He adds keep a close eye on your pet if you take them to a picnic because many foods contain certain artificial sweeteners that can kill a dog.

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