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Protecting Pets this 4th of July

With the Fourth of July just days away, local Veterinarians are warning pet owners about the hazards the holiday can bring to pets.

The number of burn injuries in pets can often rise this time of year and if your dog or cat doesn't get hurt, it could just take off. Area Vets say the number of missing pets can spike this season, after they take off after being spooked at the sound of fireworks.

"I've heard of animals jumping out of car windows when fireworks go off. So you should just always anticipate that your pet may react in a way that you're not expecting and have them in a good calm secure environment," says Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, David Thompson, with Animal Hospital of North Asheville.

The North Asheville Animal Hospital says folks with jumpy animals have a couple of options. You can ask your Vet for drugs that could keep your pet calm. There are also body suits for smaller animals, to make them feel secure. Or, if you're headed out of the house for the Fourth, turn a radio on.


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