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    It's the 4th of July!

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    Happy Independence Day to all our American friends! (and everyone else.)

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

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    Happy 4th of July

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    HappyJuly 4th


    Happy July 4th to all my American friends here on Pet Talk,on America's 237th Birthday.
    thanks very much devon. I have been boo'd.

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    Happy 4th of July to all!
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    Yes, indeed, Happy Independence Day all!!
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    Happy 4th of July to all!
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    Happy 4th everybody - and stay away from the fifth! Yeah - I know - I say that every year. If you must celebrate by hitting the fifth - then please don't drive!
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    Thank you so much, Barry!
    I've been Boo'd ... right off the stage!

    Aaahh, I have been defrosted! Thank you, Bonny and Asiel!
    Brrrr, I've been Frosted! Thank you, Asiel and Pomtzu!


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    Happy Independence Day!!!!
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    Like many Americans, you may be planning to have a festive Fourth of July. Along with barbeques and day at the beach, no July holiday celebration would be complete without enjoying the fireworks that celebrate the birth of our nation.

    Perhaps you are considering staying at home and planning a get-together with friends and family. Or, you may want to go check out your local professional fireworks display. While putting the finishing touches on your planned celebration, take a moment to consider your pets.

    Unlike people, pets don’t associate the noise, flashes, and burning smell of pyrotechnics with celebrations. Pets are terrified of fireworks, and often panic at the loud whizzes and bangs they produce.

    Because of this, the American Humane Association reports that July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Why? In a 2005 press release the Indiana Proactive Animal Welfare, Inc. (PAW) stated that animal shelters the day after Fourth of July are “inundated with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed.”

    Both the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and PAW have listed ways you can prevent your holiday celebration from turning into a tragedy. Here are 10 tips on how to keep your pet from panicking this Fourth of July weekend.

    10. Keep your Pet Indoors at All Times! It may seem obvious, but even if your pet is used to being outside, the resulting panic caused by fireworks or other loud noises may make them break their restraint or jump a fence in a terrified attempt to find safety.

    9. Don’t Put Insect Repellant on Your Pet that isn’t Specifically for Pet Use. The same tip applies to applying “people” sunscreen on your pet. What isn’t toxic to humans can be toxic to animals. The ASPCA lists the poisonous effects of sunscreen on your pet as, “…drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy.” DEET, a common insecticide, may cause neurological issues.

    8. Alcoholic Drinks Poison Pets. If your pet drinks alcohol, they can become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or in severe cases, die from respiratory failure. Yes, even beer is toxic; fermented hops and ethanol are poisonous to dogs and cats.

    7. Going to a Fireworks Display? Leave Your Pet at Home. The safest place for your pet is at home, not in a crowded, unfamiliar and noisy place. The combination of too many people and loud fireworks will make your beloved pet freak out and desperately seek shelter. Locking them in the car is also not an option; your pet may suffer brain damage and heat stroke.

    6. Have Your Pet Properly Identified. If your pet manages to break loose and become lost, without proper identification it will be that much harder to get them back. Consider fitting your pet with microchip identification, ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. It is also a good idea to have a recent picture of your pets in case you have to put up signs.

    5. Keep Your Pet Away from Glow Jewelry. It might look cute, but your pet could chew up and swallow the plastic adornments. The ASPCA states that while not highly toxic, “excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.”

    4. NEVER 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, even unused fireworks can be hazardous. Some fireworks contain potentially toxic substances such as arsenic, potassium nitrate, and other heavy metals.

    3. Don’t Give Your Pet “Table Food”. If you are having a backyard barbeque, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like beer and chocolate, there are other festive foods that could harm your pet. Onions, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.

    2. Lighter Fluid and Matches Are Harmful to Pets. The ASPCA lists chlorates as a harmful chemical substance found in some matches that, if ingested, can cause your pet difficulty in breathing, damage blood cells or even cause kidney disease. If exposed to lighter fluid, your pet may sustain skin irritation on contact, respiratory problems if inhaled, and gastric problems if ingested.

    1. Citronella Insect Control Products Harm Pets, Too. Oils, candles, insect coils and other citronella-based repellants are irritating toxins to pets, according to the ASPCA. The result of inhalation can cause severe respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia, and ingestion can harm your pet’s nervous system.


    The safest and best bet for celebrating this Fourth of July with your pets is to exclude them from holiday festivities, at least this time around. Instead, find a safe, secure spot in the home for your pets while you go out and enjoy the loud bangs, bright lights and spectator fun. Your pets will appreciate the quiet a lot more than you’ll enjoy the noise.

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    Great post about the 4th and pets, Sas. Too often, people don't consider the dangers and stress that all the celebrations and commotion will cause them - even the festivities at our own home. I'm sure a nice quiet room would be much more appreciated by our furkids - even the kids that normally like to be part of all that is going on.
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    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
    To know just when the hands will stop - on what day, or what hour.
    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
    ~~~~true author unknown~~~~

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    Quote Originally Posted by fritz03 View Post

    Happy July 4th to all my American friends here on Pet Talk,on America's 237th Birthday.
    Looks like our threads got merged.. Thank you, Barry! and everyone.

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    And thank you, SAS, for the cautionary notes about the effects of firecracker noise and disruption and other "celebrations" on our beloved pets and the other animals out there. I hope the word gets out at least some, hopefully more each year. God bless.

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    My kitty Sparkler got that name because she was born close to the 4th of July!

    I meant," said Ipslore bitterly, "what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?"
    Death thought about it.
    "Cats," he said eventually. "Cats are nice."

    -- Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

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    HAPPY 4th EVERYONE!!!

    I can't wait for the noisy fireworks to stop. Some one who lives very close by has been setting off noisy fireworks since last Friday night. Some of them sound like pipe bombs because they are so loud. This morning at 2am a loud boom noise woke me up. Yes, it was another firework. It's been so hot here that I keep all of the windows and my sliding glass door open through out the night because I don't have AC. I'm sure tonight is going to be a very noisy night.
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