The Fourth of July is an exciting day of parties, food, and fireworks. It’s also the day more dogs are reported lost than any other day of the year. According to animal shelters throughout the United States, July 4th and 5th are the busiest days of the year for the intake of lost dogs.
To help make sure that your dog is not a part of these statistics, we have a few tips to help make sure they are safe, sound, and protected in your home during the festivities.
- Update Their Pet ID: Make sure that your pet has updated ID tags and that their collars remain securely around their necks. 1 in 3 dogs will get lost at one point in their life, this is one of the easiest ways to make sure they have a way to be found. You can even get prepared one step further with a pet GPS tracker. Pet Life Today have prepared a list of the best pet GPS trackers, view those here. A GPS tracker is in addition to their microchip.
- Keep Your Pet Inside: Scared pets will find a way to escape fences and leashes. It’s why it’s so important that your dog is not brought to any celebration or left unattended outside. You should bring your dog inside during the evening fireworks. Whether or not it the first time they are experiencing fireworks, the safest place for your pet at this time is inside and away from the noise. Try to find a place away from windows and find some alternative noise like music or the television as a distraction.
- Consult Your Vet: If your pet has been known to get worked up over fireworks in the past or is easily stressed over loud noises, it is a good idea to speak with your veterinarian in advance. There are several treatments that can be prescribed beforehand to help ease their fears, especially if their anxiety causes severe shaking and odd behavior.
We encourage you to keep your pets inside and safe during the 4th of July holiday and prepare in advance to help ease their anxiety and fears. And don’t forget, if you do find a pet on your doorstep or backyard without a tag, take them to your nearest shelter to help them find their home.
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