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7/4/12 5:32 A

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7/3/12 3:03 P

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The ASPCA has put together this handy list of safety tips to remember as you celebrate Independence Day with your four-legged friends:

Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets.

Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals.

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets' reach.

Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.

Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.

Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach.

Never use fireworks around pets!

Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.

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7/3/12 12:58 P

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Great tips already. I just want to add that many dogs that are well crate-trained will prefer being in their crate. Also, turning on the radio on some relaxing station will tune out some of the noise. I have dogs that "feel" safer when they hide under a blanket at my feet.
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7/3/12 12:23 P

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ALSOBRAN1 thank you for your tips. I would also like to add some which were given to me by my Dog Trainer:

1. Exercise
Provide extra exercise during the day on the 4th of July.

2. Chewies Galore
Prepare Kongs filled with goodies for the dogs to work on during the evening.
Visit http://www.kongcompany.com/recipes/ for some great kong stuffing recipes.
If your dog is on a RAW diet, then use RAW bones to keep them busy and distracted.

3. Give your dog a safe place to be during the fireworks whether it's in their crate or snuggled up next to you. You will not teach your dog to be scared if you comfort them. They are already scared, they need empathy and compassion to help them get through it.

For my dog, I have found that the Kongs (filled with frozen yogurt & dog treats), exercise, loud music/TV and snuggling up on the couch with his "blanky" work the best.

Have A Safe and Happy 4th of July!


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7/3/12 11:42 A

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Keep your animals in for the 4th and the weekend to follow! If they are scared you can ask your vet for something to calm them! I give my dogs benadryl. 30% of animals that run away because they are scared, only have 14% chance of returning home! If your animals are lost call the animal shelters ASAP, most will put an animal down in 2-3 days :( Put up flyers, petamberalert.com, Facebook, et. If you find an animal call around to vets, post on fb, and look for a no kill shelters. Houston humane society is one in tx. GET YOUR ANIMAL MICRO CHIPPED!!!!! It can save a life!

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