The 4th of July is a holiday full of so many wonderful things – warm weather, pools, boating on Grand Lake, barbecues, and Grand Lake fireworks.

But many of these same things can be dangerous for our pets. It is so important that people use common sense during 4th of July because so many dogs/cats become afraid and lost during this holiday.

Here are some 4th of July pet safety tips from Second Chance Pet Rescue that will help you and your pet have a fun and accident-free Independence Day:

1.  Leave your Pet at Home! The safest place for your pet is safely inside your home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar park, or a noisy backyard.  The resulting panic due to fireworks may make them run away or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.  Locking them in the car is NOT, I repeat, NOT an option.  Your pet may suffer heat stroke, organ failure, or even brain injury from the heat.

2.  Provide a Safe Spot from Loud Noises.  Whether it’s a closet or a crate, it’s good for pets to have a “go to” place for relaxing or hiding away.  However, if a crate creates more anxiety, or if your pet isn’t acclimated to a crate, it should not be used.  A crate is more effective if your dog has grown up using a crate, not as a last resort for confinement.

3.  NEVER EVER use Fireworks Around Pets.  While lit fireworks can pose a danger to curious pets and potentially result in severe burns and or trauma to the face and paws, unused fireworks can be hazardous too.  Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.

4.   Have your Pet Properly Identified.  Proper identification may be the only way to retrieve your pet should he/she manage to break loose and become lost.  Consider fitting your pet with a microchip, ID tag, or other popular method of identification.  It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pet in case you have to put up “Lost Pet” signs.

5.  Keep Emergency Contact Info Handy.  Very important.  Keep the contact information for your veterinarian or the nearest animal hospital handy just in case your dog or cat has a medical emergency.

Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake wishes all a safe and happy 4th of July.

Please contact the shelter at 918-786-7630 or visit its website at www.doitforthepets.com for information about our non-profit, life-saving animal rescue and how you can help the homeless animals.

Monetary donations are needed today to continue to save the lives of homeless dogs and cats in Northeast Oklahoma.  Your tax-deduction donation can be mailed to P.O. Box 451205, Grove, OK  74345 or donate electronically through its secure website.

Happy Stars and Strips 4th of July holiday from Second Chance Pet Rescue of Grand Lake and Boom! Boom - 2nd Chance Pet Rescue

Boom has a lot of energy and he wants so much to please. He does not show well in his kennel as he wants out (they all want to go to a loving home).

But you can tell Boom is a smart boy that just wants someone to spend time with him and bring out his amazing spirit.

If you are ready to give this boy a little of your time, and just like that, Boom will be a part of your life and your heart forever.

If interested, contact the shelter at 918-786-7630 for information on Boom or any other four-legged resident at the shelter.