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Keep pets safe during Fourth of July firework celebrations

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

While you celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, Cedar Rapids Animal Care and Control wants you to keep your pets safe.

They say most calls over the Fourth of July holiday involve indirect issues related to fireworks - spooked pets getting loose or lost, injuries from pets fleeing fireworks, and fear bites.

“As the fireworks pop and bang and sparkle, many pets get stressed out, and fear can cause them to break through screens, jump fences, and flee. They just don't think or behave as they normally do,” said Diane Webber, Program Manager for Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control.

Webber recommends leaving the dog and cat at home - inside, in a dark, cool, comfortable place.

To hid the firework noise, the say you should play calm, soothing music, and be sure to pull the shades and draw the curtains, so the flashes won't alarm them.

Other pet-worthy tips:

  • The loud booms can damage the sensitive hearing of dogs and cats.
  • If a pet suffers a burn or injury, take it to a veterinarian immediately. The vet can determine the extent of the injury and administer anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the pain.
  • If your pet accidentally eats fireworks or their remnants, call your vet. Depending on what the animal ate, it may be necessary to induce vomiting.
  • If your pet goes missing this Fourth of July, don't hesitate to call Animal Care and Control.

 For all your animal care needs or to report your lost pet call animal care:  (319) 286-599 

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