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#1 Old 06-23-2005, 07:43 AM
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(DALLAS, TX); June 23, 2005--More than just the heat can be harmful to

your pet during the summer. Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of

July are the top three holidays for pet emergencies because of outdoor

activities where pets run loose. Firecrackers, with their loud,

startling and scary noises, can also be harmful to your pets' well

being. The SPCA of Texas recommends these tips to make your pets' Fourth

of July a safe one:



· Keep your pets indoors with the air conditioner running and the

windows closed or keep a radio on to help mask out as much noise as

possible. Also try distracting them: follow their regular routine, play

with them or crate them up until the fireworks are over. Make sure they

have current tags and a microchip to ensure their safe return should

they bolt out of fear.



· Be aware of neighborhood pranksters throwing firecrackers over your

fence to frighten your pet. Also be careful using sparklers, as they can

burn animals as well as people.



· Allow your pets the freedom to seek refuge under the bed, behind the

toilet or in the back of the closet. This may soothe them more than

cuddling with them.



· Your dog may not want to accompany you to the local fireworks

extravaganza. He may prefer some nice quiet time in your lap after

everything is over. Also, during the festivities, keep your dog busy

with chew toys.



· If your pet gets especially stressed or your neighborhood is

particularly noisy, you may wish to talk to your veterinarian about the

practicality of using tranquilizers or homeopathic remedies. Consider

sending your pet to a nice quiet boarding kennel for the worst of it.



Even if the proper precautions are taken, some animals may develop

deeply rooted fears of loud noises after fireworks displays or

thunderstorms. Commonly seen effects include: shaking; trembling;

excessive drooling; barking; howling; trying to hide or get into or out

of the house, fence, or other enclosure; refusing to eat food; loss of

bladder or bowel control or temporary diarrhea.



The best way to treat this problem is through preventive conditioning,

the process of desensitizing an animal to loud noises. Start by

introducing your puppy or kitten to loud noises such as handclaps when

they are relatively young. As the animal grows, softly bang pots and

pans together and escalate the noise. Soon your dog or cat will not be

traumatized by loud noises.



This Fourth of July, keep your beloved companion animals indoors where

it is safe.
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#2 Old 06-23-2005, 10:45 PM
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I don't let my two dogs out in the yard during the 4th or the day

before, the noise scares them. The best thing is to keep them

indoors till it's over.
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