Independence Day is often a day of celebration, yet this holiday can be very stressful for our four-legged best friends. The Arizona Humane Society (AHS) reminds pet parents of the simple safety precautions they can take to ensure their pets are kept safe this Fourth of July.

• Keep pets indoors and away from fireworks. Pets can easily be harmed by or spooked by loud fireworks causing them to run away, which can be disastrous on busy streets and in extreme summer heat.

• Refrain from taking pets to weekend festivities that involve firework displays. These loud displays can easily frighten pets and can cause even those with the best manners to run off.

• Pay close attention to your pets at all times. Do not leave pets unattended in the backyard as fireworks can send them over the fence or digging to get out. Table food and alcohol can also cause pets to become ill.

• Keep pets in a quiet, escape-proof room in which they feel safe and protected. Background TV or radio noise may help as well as their toys, bedding, food and water.

• Have plenty of water nearby. Animals that are panicked will pant and become dehydrated, and often will not move to look for a water source. Place a bowl of water directly beside your pet.

• Make sure pets have multiple forms of up-to-date identification. Pets can easily wiggle out of collars and ID tags, therefore up-to-date microchips are best.

To report signs of animals in distress this summer, call AHS at (602) 997-7585, ext. 2073.

• Source: The Arizona Humane Society.

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