This week while you and everyone else are celebrating our nation's independence, remember the pets!  Keep them safe and from getting too stressed out.  The noises of fireworks will especially rattle the calmest of pets.  I reserved a "safe" place for our dogs long ago in the house basement.  I have an 8' X 16' kennel built especially for the dogs where they know they are safe.The cat has the luxury of hiding wherever she wants in the basement; a plethora of hiding places.  The basement is well insulated against noises from outside the house and its cool, too.

If you don't have a basement, then look for a place where you can leave your animals furthest away from the explosive sounds of fireworks.  To be sure that pets don't destroy things in your home, place them each in their own crate.  This will also prevent them from hurting themselves.  And if your pet is one that may get too anxious and excited for its own good, you may want to see your veterinarian in advance to talk about ways you can ease your pet's anxiety.  In addition, there are the basics, as sure to leave plenty of water and some food while your pets are cooped up.

If you need any questions answered about what to do with your pet, talk with your veterinarian or contact the Warrick Humane Society.  I wish you, your family, friends, and your pets, the happiest Independence Day ever!

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