December 30th 2004 10:00 pm
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Don't forget to have your pets safely secured on New Years eve night. Many pets are lost each year on New Years Eve and the 4th of July due to fireworks.
Some dogs (and cats) are very frightened by the lound noises and bright flashes from fireworks. They can easily become disoriented and panicked and get lost trying to get away. Running in a panick (running loose, period) can not only get a pet lost, but also hit by a car, or mistreated or even killed by a mean person.
If your pet is especially afraid of loud noises like thunder storms or gun shots, he or she will most likely be afraid of fireworks. Sometimes pets become so frightened, they need a sedative. If you think your pet may become so frightened, talk to your vet ahead of time so you can decide together what type of sedative will be safest for your pet. If you must sedate your pet, never leave him or her alone. A deeply sedated pet can actually quite breathing. A lightly sedated pet can still move around, but may not be totally aware of his or her surroundings.
Stay safe this New Years Eve. Please don't drink and drive and don't be foolish when/if playing with fireworks. Use your head or possibly end up dead!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
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