7 Ways to Protect Your Pets on the 4th of July!
- Prepare for the Worst Case Scenario ~ 4th of July can be a scary time for pets. If they do not already have a chip ID in them it might be nice to consider it if they happen to run away or get loose. If they already have a chip you should double check that it is connected to the right name and phone number.
- Avoid Crowds ~ Avoid bringing your dog or cat to large gatherings where there might be a lot of noise. It is better to leave them at home in a cool area with water.
- Work them Out ~ During the day make sure to give them a good amount of exercise so they are more tired that night when the fireworks will be happening.
- Head Indoors Before the Events ~ If your pet has to be near you try to bring them indoors away from the fireworks before they begin.
- Create a Safe Space ~ Create a safe but escape-proof space for them to hide inside. Lower the blinds, close the windows, give them their favorite toy in their favorite spot to sleep. You can also turn on the TV or radio to distract them from outside noises.
- Wrap them Up ~ Wrapping your dog or cat in a blanket can have a calming effect on them. You might consider an anti-anxiety wrap or coat.
- Give them a Chill Pill ~ If you are still worried you can talk to your vet about a medicine that can help calm them before.
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More Safety Tips for Pets on the Holiday!
- Never leave alcoholic drinks nearby ~ this could be potential poison to pets if they get to it.
- Do not apply sunscreen or insect repellent to pets ~ unless it is specifically for animals it can be very dangerous to their health if eaten.
- Always keep matches and lighter-fluid away from pets ~ for obvious reasons.
- Keep your pets on their normal diet ~ even one meal change can upset their stomach especially for older pets.
- Do not put glow jewelry on your pets ~ the substances inside can be toxic if broken.
- NEVER use fireworks around pets ~ it scares them and if aimed wrong could hurt them.
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Editor ~ Chelsea Dugger