To dogs, cats, and other animals, Independence Day might seem more like World War III than a summertime celebration. Noisy Fourth of July fireworks are frightening to animals, who don't realize that the explosions are entertainment, not danger.
PETA encourages everyone to take the following precautions to ensure the comfort and safety of their animal companions:
· Keep cats and dogs inside during fireworks displays, and if possible, stay with them.
· Leave your animals at home during the celebrations—never take them with you to watch fireworks displays!
· Never leave animals tethered or chained outside; they can hang themselves if they leap over a fence while trying to run from the noise.
· Close your windows and curtains. Turn on a radio that's tuned to a classical-music station, or turn on the TV to help drown out the sound of the fireworks.
· Make sure that your animal companion is wearing a collar or a harness with an up-to-date identification tag—just in case.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
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