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Tips to keep pets safe during Fourth of July festivities

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

While celebrations may look different this year due to COVID-19, Steven Greene at Lubbock Animal Shelter said his advice for pet owners is the same every year.

"You need to be really careful about what types of food products you have out and you need to be sure your gates are secure," Greene said. "You just need to be really cautious because this time of year really puts a lot of stress on a dog or cat."

Greene said Fourth of July fireworks can be a trigger for dogs that are afraid of loud noises.

"Check your animal for anxiety or stress and if your animal is really stressed out, don't let people and especially children around them because they might get bitten and they may lash out at you," Greene explained. "So you probably want to keep them away from the crowd as much as possible."

There are some dogs that are not affected by crowds or fireworks, but its still important to keep an eye on them during the festivities.

"If you're out in the county shooting off fireworks and they (pet) get scared and run off you might not ever be able to track them down," Greene said. "Animal services jurisdiction is only to the city limits, so I'd recommend people leave their animals at home and just go out and have a good time on their own."

Saturday's expected sunny and high 90-degree weather may be another reason to leave your pet at home and inside.

"It could be safer inside just because a lot of firework projectiles go up in the air and you never know where they're going to land, so if your dog is hanging out in the backyard something could hit it," Greene said.

The debris leftover by burned fireworks contains chemicals that can also harm an animals digestive track if it's consumed.

"If you're going to go out and shoot fireworks, be responsible for those around you both animal and human, and clean up after yourselves," Greene said.

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