4th of July Tips for Pets & Their People

English: Downtown Miami on July 4, 2007

English: Downtown Miami on July 4, 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The excitement and noise that accompany 4th of July celebrations can be very frightening for some pets. Loud, unexpected noises and flashes of light may even cause pets to escape from the home, yard or leash putting them at risk for injury or loss.

Here are measures you can take to help make the 4th of July safer and more comfortable for your pet:

  • For maximum safety keep your pets indoors in a quiet area away from crowds.
  • If your pet is used to sleeping in a crate, it may feel safer inside the crate during the noisy parts of this holiday.
  • Close the blinds, turn on a radio and give a Kong toy filled with food to distract it.
  • Keep the pets away from fireworks and NEVER toss a lit firecracker when a loose dog is nearby.
  • Make sure only the human animals have access to party food and alcohol. Keep them away from hot grills and fires, as well as sunscreen and insect repellents.
  • Clean up after the party. Bones, spoiled food, alcohol and undetonated fireworks can pose a danger if eaten.
  • Pets that suffer from high anxiety and panic attacks may benefit from anti-anxiety medications. If you suspect your pet is a candidate, please call early to have a prescription filled. Newer medications can relieve anxiety without causing significant sedation.
  • Make sure your pet is microchipped! This is a very easy way to ensure your pet’s safe return if he or she becomes lost. Here are some scary statistics: only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats turned into shelters  are returned to their families.  This low percentage is in large part due to pets being found without any identification. Don’t let your pet become another statistic, and don’t put all your  trust in a collar with ID.  Collars can easily be lost. Please schedule a time NOW to have your pet microchipped before the holidays.  Microchip implantation is a quick, relatively painless and inexpensive way to help insure your pet will be returned to you if it strays.

    Radiograph of a cat with an identifying microc...

    Radiograph of a cat with an identifying microchip located above the spine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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