4th of July Pet Prep
The fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. It falls dead smack in the middle of summer and celebrates the country that I love most, America. Who doesn't love a reason to have a rockin' pool party with ice cold beer, a pizza floaty and American flag swim trunks?
However, what I don't like about 4th of July is that it is fun for us chill peeps, but not-so-fun for our pets. Our fur babies can easily become frightened, injured or sometimes even end up lost during the holiday festivities.
More pets are lost on this date than any other day of the year. So, use these friendly reminders to protect your loved one from fleeing home.
Secure The Area
Keep your pet safe indoors and away from loud noises and bangs from firework displays. Our pet's hearing is much more sensitive than ours. Try using a television or radio to help drown out the sounds of explosives.
Make sure that your windows are closed and there are no areas that your pet could escape. Remember, when your animal is scared, they will likely do things that you are not used to seeing them do.
Distract By Sedation
If you have noticed your pet become nervous or upset previous years, it may be a good idea to consider mood stabilizers for this particular holiday. I am not recommending that you do this too, but I have given my pets a dose of Benedryl to make them sleepy when I know there will be fireworks. Ask your veterinarian if this or something else could be a safe option for your pet.
Check For IDs
ID tags and current license tags with your correct phone number, including area code are important to have for your pet year round, but especially on the 4th of July. Sometimes these can easily fall off, so double check to make sure your pet's is still in tact.
Imbed A Microchip
Have a microchip implanted by a professional and register it correctly. Microchips can not fall off your pet like ID tags and all animal shelters have microchip scanners.
If you have found or lost a pet, you should do following immediately.
Post Lost Pet Info
Put up signs, pass out flyers, scan for a microchip, post on social media, and check your local shelters. It is always a good idea to go in person and look at the animals yourself as it is sometimes difficult to describe your pet if you have never had to before.
Visit Local Shelters Daily
Go to the local shelters in your area everyday, if possible. Luckily, a lot of shelters now have social media pages that make checking their intake more efficient.
Make The Neighbors Known
Post a sign in front of your house and leave one of your pet's favorite toys on the porch, if possible. Often times, a lost pet will make their way back to the house or if found by someone, they may check the neighborhood for posted signs.
Take Advantage of Social Media
Gather photos and a detailed description to post on social media. Ask your local friends and family to share on their pages too.