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Experts: Watch out for pets during fireworks, festivities

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GREENVILLE, Pitt County - The fireworks we'll enjoy during the Fourth of July Tuesday night can be scary for your pets.

Haley Raynor Manning and her husband have had their dog, Dexter, for a little over nine months. They are taking precautions because they don't know how their furry friend will respond to the fireworks. "Dexter's never been around fireworks, so we're not sure how he would react to those," Manning said. "So we'll probably take it easy tonight, make sure he feels safe and he feels comfortable and he doesn't hurt himself or other people." Greyson Manning's dog, Penny, is only five months old. This is also her first time experiencing fireworks. "She's a loving dog anyway you know she's not scared of much so I think she'll be fine," Manning said. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, staying inside is a good idea. You should not take your pet to a fireworks show and you should make sure they are away from the noise and in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. The ASPCA also says don't put glow jewelry on your pets or allow them to play with them. Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them and always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pet's reach.

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