July 4th is no blast for pets!  Animal Welfare League Spokeswoman Emilie Sinur says it’s important to remember pets get very scared when they hear the loud boom of fireworks.  She says “pets that do get scared from that sound of firecrackers do things that we don’t expect like hopping a wall or digging under

fences, and do escape.”  In fact, Fourth of July is the number day of year where most pets become lost. The safest bet for you pet is keep them inside a room inside your home far away from the booming explosions.  Sinur says you may want to leave on a radio or a TV for some background noise to distract your pets from the pops and claps of the fireworks. 

Other important tips to follow include the urge to take pets to Independence Day festivities. Don’t do it.  Leave pets at home in a secure environment.
Never use fireworks around pets.  Pets are full of fur that can easily catch fire.  Exposure to lit fireworks can result in severe burns and trauma to the face and paws of curious pets.  Even unused fireworks can pose a danger, as many types contain toxic substances such as potassium nitrate and arsenic.

If you are using a barbecue grill, always keep an eye on your pet, to be sure anything hot is out of reach of hungry dog noses.

Kris Dugan