Are Your Pets Safe on The Fourth of July?

Categories: 4th of July, Pets
Randy Robertson
Fido and his furry friends don't like fireworks. Turns out, most pets find the flaming, colorful noisemakers completely terrifying. We had heard that animals didn't seem to like all of the ruckus of fourth of July celebrations, but it turns out that city pets risk injury -- so much so that the phenomenon has been given a special name: high-rise syndrome.

Most commonly displayed in cats, high-rise syndrome is when unattended animals are left in front of an open window. They are either distracted by outdoor sights (birds, fireworks, etc.), or a loud noise startles them causing them to jump out of the window.

"Most pets when they are brought inside apartments do not walk up the steps into the building, which means that they have no perception of how high up they really are. If there is an open window cats will often misjudge the height and just jump out," Gail Buchwald, senior vice president of the adoption center at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, told the Voice.

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Dogs (and UWS Activists) Against Romney Protest Outside Westminister Dog Show

​A "Dogs Against Romney" protest brought out more reporters sniffing for a story than pups this afternoon.

The animal advocacy group aims to call attention to an infamous incident in which Mitt Romney strapped the family dog in a crate to the roof of the car for a 12-hour drive in the late 1980s. Protester Paul Gestos, a longtime dog owner and Occupy Wall Streeter, said Mutt Romney's story reflects poorly on his owner's character. "It shows he has no empathy," Gestos said of the presidential hopeful. "He made a bad decision and now he won't even own up to it."

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Puppy Eats Like an Adorable Idiot [VIDEO]

Have you ever been so excited to eat that you started levitating above your plate and the only thing that prevented you from floating off into space was your jaw which was firmly locked onto your meal? If so, the puppy on the right can relate. Check out the video after the jump.

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Americans Will Spend $310 Million This Year on Halloween Pet Costumes

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are expected to spend $6.68 billion on Halloween this year. Included in that sum is an astounding $310 million spent on costumes for people's pets. Give Americans credit: We can suffer through a recession, gross economic turmoil, a foreclosure epidemic, and a tepid stock market, but we sure as shit aren't skimping on the dog costumes.

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Cockatiel Survived Hurricane Irene on the City Streets With Only the Words 'Pretty Bird'

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Today in adorable animals in trouble, now not in trouble anymore: The best New York City hurricane story, via DNA Info, has to be the tale of 14-year-old cockatiel Josie, who is a he, and who escaped from a pet carrier along with another bird, Cliffy, while the two were on their way to the vet on the Friday before Irene was set to hit. Their owner, Jim DiGiovanni, has no idea what Josie, who can only say "Pretty bird," was up to during the hurricane, but it was presumably not buying as many bottles of water as he could carry from a nearby bodega. Or much fun.

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PSA: Don't Feed Your Dog (or Cat) Gatorade

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via Above the Law
Attention New York humans! Yes, it's hot as balls out there, but don't forget that your mammalian pets are suffering, too. NYC Veterinary Specialists shares tips for helping overheated pets, and some pretty terrifying warning signs: sluggishness; vomiting, sometimes with blood; severe diarrhea; and red or pale gums. How are Pookie's gums?

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Basset Hound Meet-Up in Park Slope Was Too Cute For Words, But Perfect on Video

This Sunday marked the first ever meet-up of the North Slope Basset Hound Association (NBA, but not that one). Six basset hounds attended the event in Prospect Park, and there was far more cuteness than should exist in one place. The group of hounds and their owners intend to make the meet-ups a regular event. Photos of the dogs are here. We can only hope that every get-together yields such great photo-ops. [Thirty Second Life / Fucked in Park Slope]

Pet Cemetery Told: No More Humans!

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The Hartsdale Pet Cemetery, the nation's oldest and largest final resting place for furry friends, which we profiled in a 2009 Voice cover story on the pet death business, has been told to stop burying humans with their beloved pets.

The Post reports that the state Division of Cemeteries has told Hartsdale that "state law says cemeteries are for people and pet cemeteries are just for animals" and it must stop accommodating the 10 or so people a year who ask for their cremains to be buried with their pets.

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Terrifying Parrot Sounds Just Like Your Mom Gabbing On the Phone

Pet Massages Are Bullshit, New York Times Reports

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That pet massaging craze you've been hearing so much about simply doesn't exist outside of a tiny, sad sliver of people with nothing better to do, the New York Times reports in the Thursday style section, providing quantitative evidence that such an act barely ever happens, alongside expert commentary explaining that being trained to knead your dog or cat is probably useless, or even detrimental, to their health. What's that? You've never heard of this trend? That's because the Times, as they tend to do, practically made it up in a giant, 1,720-word article in which a pet owner asks, "She helps reduce my stress, so why shouldn't I reciprocate?" and the Times proclaims, "That is a question that a number of dog owners -- and even some cat owners -- have been asking themselves." A "number" of them! But interspersed with the ridiculousness is some pretty good reporting that shows, no, in fact, this is not real.

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