Sadly, one in three pets will go missing in their lifetime. The Fourth of July is a day when many pets get scared and run off, making July 5th one of the busiest day for animal shelters nation wide. A few extra precautions will go a long way in keeping your pets safe on Fourth of July.
Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips:
- Keep dogs at home instead of taking them with you to a 4th of July BBQ or fireworks display.
- Play soothing music in the home, to help drown out the sounds of the booming fireworks. Crate trained dogs may feel best in their crate with a light blanket over top.
- Be sure that your pets are wearing their collars with ID tags, and have their microchip information handy just in case.
- Avoid feeding your pets scraps from the BBQ, a change in diet can cause upset stomach along with stress from the fireworks.
- Keep citronella candles, insect repellent, sunscreen, and lighter fluids all out of reach from your pets.
- On the morning-of, whip up a kong recipe and put it in the freezer. Pull out this special treat before you leave for the fireworks display and your dog will have a great distraction for a few hours.
A Few Extra Precautions:
- If your pet is already microchipped, consider signing up for a registration service like FetchID that will help reunite you and your pet more quickly if he is lost.
- A free app, called Finding Rover can also help reunite you and your dog by using facial recognition technology.
- ‘Smart tags’ like the BlanketID contain all your pets information, and anyone who finds your dog can obtain your contact info in a matter of minutes.
Wishing you all a happy & safe Fourth of July!