Tips to keep pets safe this July 4

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If loud noises upset pets, do not leave them alone while you’re out celebrating the Fourth of July; make sure someone can stay with them. Valley News/Kim Harris photo
American Humane Society, Special to Valley News Independence Day may be fun for people, but for pets, it can be frightening and even dangerous. July 5 is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters as companion animals that fled in fright the night before are found miles from their homes, disoriented and exhausted. Anxious families often find themselves searching the streets and shelters looking for a treasured family member whose fear drove him to jump a high fence or break her leash or chain. If a pet is upset by thunder, a door slamming or other loud noises, Fourth of July fireworks will be utterly terrifying, so take these precautions: Pets won’t enjoy the fireworks display, so leave them at home. Keep them inside and shielded from loud noises. Keep windows closed and dr
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