By Kelly Meyers
(107.9 The Link) - The Fourth of July is a great time for getting together with friends and family, and naturally, you want to include your four-legged companion in the celebrations.
However, according to PetAmberAlert.com, more pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of year. Animal Control Services see a 30% increase in lost animals around the holiday, but only 14% are returned to their pet parents.
It is much safer to keep your pet at home or in a pet care facility during the festivities, but if you decide to bring along your furry friends, there are certain safety concerns you must keep in mind!
Firework Safety: Lit fireworks can burn pets, and unused ones contain potentially toxic chemicals and other substances. Also, animals are startled by the loud bangs of fireworks and noisy parties, often causing them to run away.
Maintain a Safe Surrounding: Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach for dogs. Ingestion of these products can irritate animals' stomachs and potentially cause central nervous system depression. Also, remember to dispose of trash and keep trashcans covered.
Refresh Their Water: During the festivities, make sure your dog knows where there is fresh water for them and remember to keep it full, especially if it's hot out or if they're playing and running around a lot.