Animal shelter offers tips for keeping pets safe during July 4th - WNEM TV 5

Animal shelter offers tips for keeping pets safe during July 4th holiday

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For many people, the Fourth of July weekend means fun in the sun and fireworks.

“We want to enjoy this time of year, we are patriotic,” said Shawna Guiett, Amazing Grace Animal Rescue.

But the holiday weekend isn’t always so much fun for your pets.

“Animals’ ears are very sensitive,” Guiett said. “All animals have better hearing that we do. So if you think something hurts your ears a little, imagine what it's doing for a dog or cat.”

Guiett said never take your dog to a fireworks display. Even if the dog doesn't react to the sound, it can still damage their ears.

Make sure your pet doesn’t have a chance to run while fireworks are blasting off throughout neighborhoods.

“I would never let my dogs out just to use the bathroom if there's not a way to make sure they won't bolt out of my yard, it can be late at night, calm, and all of a sudden something can go off,” Guiett said.

But it's not just dogs you have to worry about, cats are affected by loud sounds as well. They also have a tendency to run when they hear them.

Some veterinarians can prescribe medicine that will calm your furry friend.

Keeping your home cool with air conditioning will also help to make them feel comfortable.

“They're under the bed, hiding in a closet, really distressed from this,” Guiett said.

It may be best to keep your pet inside during this particular holiday weekend to make sure she is having just as much fun as you.

“We want everyone to have a good time, but first and foremost we want to make sure our pets are secure and not going to run,” Guiett said.

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