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Pet tips
June 23, 2014, 05:00 AM By Scott Delucchi

Fourth of July is around the corner. While it’s a great night of celebration for us humans, it can be a scary night for dogs. Our four-legged friends left alone in yards get spooked by the fireworks and do whatever they can to escape. They can injure themselves in the process, or worse, become lost. Make this holiday a safe and fun one. For the “safe” part, keep these tips in mind. Keep pets inside the home, beginning early in the day, and as much as you can during the days leading up to the Fourth of July. Make sure they’re in a room or space that offers some protection from the festivities outside. Close the curtains and play music or flip on the television to help muffle the outside sounds. If you know your pet always has trouble with this holiday despite your best efforts, talk to your vet beforehand. He or she may prescribe a mild sedative. Take a walk around your yard to make sure fencing is secure and gates are closing properly. You’ll also want to make sure the information on your pet’s identification tag is current and legible. If you can’t run out to get a new one now, tape a small piece of paper with current info onto the existing tag as a temporary fix. I’ve covered the safety lesson, now the fun part. Because people love to get into the holiday spirit with their pets, we‘re offering a special line of Fourth of July items. What’s more American than Captain America? Your dog can chew on him; we have a 10-inch Captain America plush dog toy available in our online store. Not a chewer, don’t worry. We have an America’s Pup flag print tee, in a distressed print, of course, for your fashion-forward pup. For these and a few more July 4th items, click the shopping cart at the top of

Scott oversees PHS/SPCA’s Adoption, Behavior and Training, Education, Outreach, Field Services, Cruelty Investigation, Volunteer and Media/PR program areas and staff from the new Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion.



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