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Keep Pets Safe On 4th

Last updated on Friday, July 4, 2014

UNDATED)- The Indiana State Veterinarian’s office says pet owners should take extra care of their pets this July 4th weekend.

Dr. Sandra Norman says folks should keep in mind that animals are frequently upset by the noises, lights and general confusion associated with the holiday and fireworks.

Dr. Norman says many people have young pets that aren't accustomed to human routine.

She says it's best for people to leave pets in a secure place at home rather than take them outside on the night of July 4th. Dr. Norman says some pets are okay attending large events, but it's still best to keep them away from all of the excitement of activities where large crowds gather.

She says it's not a good idea to give animals food from your picnic table. She says give them their own food. Dr. Norman says it's better to give troubled animals herbal products to calm them down ... if absolutely needed, but check with your veterinarian.

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