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Monday, July 03, 2006

Safeguard Your Pet Over the 4th

Every year around July 4, animal shelters get overloaded with critters who bolt from their yards because fireworks freak them out. One of mine goes so nuts that she needs sedation, which is a better alternative than hysteria and stress.

It's also not a great idea to take your dog to parks, beaches, and other venues for noisy celebrations packed with strangers. A frightened dog can rip the leash out of your hand and take off.

Better to leave them home in an interior room, if possible, with the radio or tv on to help mask the noise, and plenty of toys. If they're outside, make sure the gates are locked and the fence is secure.

And now, to mark Independence Day: a patriotic pet photo, courtesy of Mila in Miami. Jack the cat shows his true colors!

Have a safe and happy 4th.

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