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Tips to keep pets safe this July 4th

Independence Day is a great holiday for Americans to celebrate with their family and friends, and for many, this includes their furry, little friends as well.

While you may think this is a good idea, some festivities can actually be quite hazardous for pets. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offers the following tips:

  • Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended–especially in an area where pets can reach them.
  • Do not apply sunscreen or insect repellent to your pet unless the label specifies that it is produced solely for pets.
  • Always keep lighter fluid and matches out of your pets’ reach.
  • Keep your pets on their normal diet. To the surprise of many people, this means do NOT feed your pets scraps off of the grill.
  • Keep all glow sticks/jewelry out of your pets’ reach.
  • Keep citronella candles, tiki torches, and insect coils away from pets.
  • NEVER light fireworks around pets.
  • Finally, always remember that loud, crowded firework displays may be enjoyable for humans, but they are not fun for your pets.

Have a fun and safe 4th of July, from your friends here at News Mississippi!

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