Keeping Pets Safe During Independence Day

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. -- With July 4th less than a week away, many of you are probably putting your plans together.

Local animal experts are recommending tips to keep pets safe during one of the most dangerous times of the year for them.

Ashley Haynes, the Adoption Facilitator at Rockingham County-Harrisonburg SPCA said that July 4th is the day that the highest number of pets go missing.

Haynes said it's because of the loud noises, whether it's fireworks or other celebrations.

To keep pets safe during this holiday, Dr. Emma Inman recommends that you keep pets inside or don't bring them to a friend's house if there are fireworks.

Thunder shirts can be used to keep dogs calm with loud noises.

If you use lighters or bug repellant, also keep those out of reach of your pets.

"Don't want them to get burned or singed. It's also really important if you're grilling out, keep them away from lighter fluid. If that's inhaled, it can cause upper respiratory problems, pneumonia," said Haynes.

"Things such as bones, chicken wings, things like that you want to avoid. They can get caught in the stomach and cause a lot of problems. Also things like grapes and onions and raisins and chocolate we need to remember are very toxic to our pets," said Dr. Inman with Ashby Animal Clinic.

Dr. Inman also recommends that you have your pets microchipped, so if they do get lost it's easier to track them down.


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