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Safety Tips for Pet Owners on the Fourth of July

Updated: Friday, July 4 2014, 01:42 PM EDT

Animal advocates are reminding pet owners that Fourth of July festivities can be stressful, even alarming, for some pets. Diane Wilkerson, director of Adoption Center Paws Chicago offered some tips, and talk about the concern that some pet owners may not even consider.

"One of the things we always like to tell people is to leave your pets at home, that way you can enjoy it," Wilkerson said. "All those big crowds, of course those fireworks are not very exciting and nervous for the dogs."

But a Fourth of July danger that some pet owners may not even consider is the risk of their pet running away. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) says nearly one in five pets go missing because they're running away from the sound of fireworks or other loud noises.

"What they're trying to do especially if they're outside, even if your dog is used to being outside, the noise that's associated with fireworks, they just want to get some place safe," Wilkerson said. "And they will find a way to get out of the yard."

Experts recommend leaving your dog at home, in a safe place and turning on the radio or TV for your pet.

Safety Tips for Pet Owners on the Fourth of July


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