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Keep Your Pets Safe on July 4th

06/28/2013

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, South Los Angeles Station/Lawndale Service Center, working in conjunction with the City of Lawndale want to assist in keeping your pets safe this 4th of July Holiday. Here are some simple tips.

Don't take your pet to firework displays.

Do not leave your pet in the car. Opened windows do not provide sufficient air.

Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so be sure that you've removed any fragile items. Also leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep them company.

Take your pet for a walk first. Some pets are too frightened to void once the fireworks begin, and this may lead to an "accident" later on.

Provide a safe "escape" place. Pets will seek out a small den-like place, such as a crate, if they are fearful or stressed. It is recommended to create that safe place and familiarize your pet with it before needed, to reduce stress during fireworks.

If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th.

Never leave pets outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. In their fear, pets who normally wouldn't leave the yard may escape and become lost, or become entangled in their chain, risking injury or death.

Use a leash or carrier. If you must be outside with your pet, keep the pet on a leash or in carrier.

Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly. Animals found running at-large should be taken to the local animal shelter, where they will have the best chance of being reunited with their owners.

If you plan to go away for the holiday weekend, arrangements should be made to ensure that your pet is properly taken care of in your absence.



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