News Fourth of July safety tips for pet owners Keep your cats and dogs in a quiet and escape-proof part of your home. Keep your pets safe during Fourth of July fireworks. Photo Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto/Capuski By Lisa L. Colangelo email@example.com @lisalcolangelo Updated July 2, 2019 1:52 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Chances are your four-legged companion does not share your enthusiasm for Fourth of July activities. Loud music, earsplitting fireworks, even the citronella candles used to keep mosquitoes at bay can all be terrifying and toxic for dogs and cats. The ASPCA suggests pet owners keep their dogs inside during the celebrations, in a quiet and “escape-proof” area of your home. Pooches have been known to bolt from backyard parties when they are scared by the cacophony of party sounds. Experts say wearing dogs out with a long walk early in the day can also help settle them down before the neighborhood fireworks shows kick off. Also be careful to keep alcoholic drinks, matches and lighter fluid out of your pet’s reach. And fight the urge to share table scraps with them. Ingesting certain foods can lead to serious stomach problems for pets. The American Veterinary Medical Association suggests that owners make sure their pets have identification tags and are microchipped with recent information. This way if they get loose, they have a better chance of being found quickly. By Lisa L. Colangelo firstname.lastname@example.org @lisalcolangelo Lisa joined amNewYork as a staff writer in 2017. She previously worked at the New York Daily News and the Asbury Park Press covering politics, government and general assignment. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.