Tips to keep your pets safe on the Fourth of July

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – People throughout the Midstate are getting ready for the fun the Fourth of July brings, but it’s one of the most dangerous holidays for your four-legged friends.

Aidenne is a three-year-old black Labrador who made new friends Sunday during his first trip to Happy Tails Dog Park at Kohl Memorial Park in Lower Paxton Township.

“He’s good with all kinds of dogs. He’s very sweet, sometimes naughty,” said Caitlin Riley, Aidenne’s owner.

Riley is making sure Aidenne isn’t naughty on July 4.

“We don’t really take him with us just in case because he doesn’t like loud noises,” Riley said. “I’d rather him not be scared and run off.”

The Riley family keeps him inside during fireworks. That’s something vets say all owners should do.

“This is one of the number one holidays for dogs to run away and end up in shelters,” said Bobby Ditzler, veterinary technician manager at Rossmoyne Animal Emergency Trauma Center in Mechanicsburg.

Kerry Wevodau is already doing what vets recommend with her yellow Labrador, Breeze. They say shouldn’t feed your pets from the grill.

“From time to time, I’ll use hot dogs with her as power treats, but I don’t feed them right off the grill. They go in the refrigerator, cut up later, and mixed in with her regular treats,” Wevodau said.

“Pork products, in particular, tend to cause pancreatitis. We see a lot of those on the holiday weekends,” Ditzler said.

Pet owners should keep lighter fluid, matches, and lit citronella candles out of their pet’s reach.

“If you have some glow sticks, I would keep them away from the pets. It may be fun to put them around their necks. You can see them running around at night running through the yard, but if they bite into that, that’s a poison that’ll hurt them, and they’ll probably end up here in the hospital,” Ditzler said.

“Set them up for success, and don’t put them anywhere that they’re going to be scared and frightened and run off,” Wevodau said.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has more tips on how to keep your pets safe on the Fourth of July.

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