4th of July Precautions for Pets

1. Don't bring your pet to a fireworks display. The "boom" of the fireworks sounds loud to the human ear. Imagine how loud it sounds to your dog, who can hear sounds up to 60,000 cycles per second -- that's three times greater than the human ear can even register.

2. Keep a collar and ID tag on your pet at all times. Make sure the tag contains legible and up-to-date information. To lessen the chance that a dog slips his collar, be sure you can put no more than two fingers between the collar and the pet's neck.

Cats should wear breakaway collars, and as a backup it's advised that they receive a microchip ID implant from a veterinarian. Indoor/outdoor cats are recommended to be brought indoors on the 3rd and to remain inside till the 5th. This is because fireworks are legal to buy in many areas and often individuals set them off on more than one evening during the holiday week.

Two forms of ID are always best when it comes to protecting your pet. If an individual finds your pet, the first thing he or she will look for is an ID tag. If your pet is taken to a shelter, it will be scanned for an ID chip upon admittance.

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