Fourth of July 'can be stressful for pets'

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EUGENE, Ore. - Fourth of July fireworks and pets don't always mix.

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“The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with family and friends, but it can be stressful for pets,” said Bernard Perkins, Lane County Senior Animal Welfare Officer. “We want to remind people of ways they can keep their four-legged family members safe during the festivities.”

Animal Services has the following tips:

Leave Fido at home. Remember that dogs can hear much better than people and fireworks can be a scary event for your pet. While you may have a blast at the local celebration, your pet probably won’t enjoy it.

Keep pets confined. The loud noises on the Fourth of July can frighten pets and lead them to run away in fear. Keep your pets, including those that usually live outdoors, securely inside during loud celebrations and fireworks displays.

Consult with your veterinarian. If your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises and there is no safe or quiet space in your home, consult with your veterinarian for alternative ways to help reduce the fear and anxiety of your pet during fireworks displays.

Keep the BBQ to yourself. Not only can nosy pets be burned by getting too close to the grill, much of what we eat is not healthy for them. Foods such as onions, salt, grapes, alcohol and chocolate can be fatally toxic to dogs and cats. For a more detailed list, visit the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) website.

Tag your pet. Your pets should be wearing identification tags and/or be microchipped so that critical information is available to help reunite you with them if they do become lost.

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