Across the country, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for shelters and rescues; more than 30% of all lost pets incidents each year occur on the evening of July 4th. In fact, there is a 30-60% increase in lost pets from July 4-6 each and every year. Sadly only 14% of lost pets are reunited with their owners. Please do not allow your pet to become a statistic.
Here are some important Fourth of July safety tips for you and your furry family members:
-Make sure your dog has proper ID, if you recently adopted your dog now is the time to buy new tags and to make sure the microchip is registered to you and not the shelter or rescue you adopted from. If you recently moved or had a change in number, don’t wait any longer to update your pets ID tag and microchip registration.
-Microchip your pets if you haven’t already. Most veterinary clinics do this for $25-$30 it’s a quick procedure that can be done during a routine office visit. Make sure you register the chip. If your pet has been micro-chipped already please remember to have your veterinarian scan for it at your pet’s next exam to ensure it hasn’t migrated.
-NEVER I repeat NEVER take your pet to a fireworks display, leave them home and ensure they are safe and have a place to hide if they need to.
-Keep your pets indoors on firework nights, this means making sure they do their business before its dark outside. Keeping your pets indoors will prevent them from direct exposure to the noise and will keep them safe in case they panic and try to flee, and also safe from firework debris.
- Check your yard for firework debris which can be harmful to your pets if ingested.
-Escape proof your home. If you have a pet door, make sure it is closed and locked, don’t leave doors or windows open, a screen is not sufficient to hold back your frightened pet. What’s worse than a lost pet, is a lost and injured pet.
-Provide your pet with something to distract them. Stuff and freeze a Kong, leave the T.V. or radio on for them and turn up the volume to drown out the noise. If you’re staying in with your pet consider giving them a healthy bone (never cooked!), bully stick, yaky chew, nylabone or other chewy treat – never leave your pet unattended with these type of treats.
- Try a calming pheromone product in diffuser or collar form.
- Consider giving CBD oil a try, this natural and effective oil has made all of the difference for my pups. CBD oil isn’t only good for anxiety, but has numerous other benefits (that’s for another post).
- Contact your Veterinarian to discuss what options they have to help your pet. 50% of all dogs have a fear of loud noises, fireworks and thunderstorms top the list, this is an issue your Veterinarian will be well informed on and happy to help you with.