Grills are fired up, families celebrate and fireworks are displayed on the Fourth of July. And our pets? Well, the Fourth of July is the number one day of the year for pets to be lost and end up in shelters. In fact, some shelters will host pet adoptions on the Fourth of July to make room for all of the lost pets they will receive on July fifth.
Here are five tips to help pet parents keep their furry family members safe this holiday.
1. Keep Pets Cool and Inside– While you are enjoying the holiday festivities, make sure your pets are indoors, cool and safe. The onset of hyperthermia can happen quickly and put your pet in danger. This holiday is definitely not the day to have your pets roaming off leash in your yard or neighborhood. Or worse yet, tethered outside in the heat. To keep them busy, give them their favorite long lasting treat or toy and have fresh water.
2. Fireworks Frenzy– Some pets are anxious and nervous at the sound of fireworks. While many pets will burrow in their bed, others will bolt out of an open front door. A few products on the market can help ease your pet’s fear such as the, Thundershirt, a calming jacket for your pet, and Rescue Remedy, an all natural calming solution. Be safe, if your pet is a runner, create a quiet room in your home with all of his favorites and keep the door closed.
3. Pet I.D.’s, a Must Have– In the event your pet does leave your home, increase their chances of a safe return with their pet i.d. attached to their collar. Make sure contact information is up to date. If you want to take an extra precaution invest in a pet GPS tracking system so you can monitor your pet’s whereabouts on your smart phone.
4. Avoid Fatty Foods and Decorations– Although we love roasted meats, creamy salads and chocolate filled desserts, your pet’s stomach may not thank you. As we all know, some foods are toxic to our pets and overly rich foods can be the cause of pancreatitis. The same can be true of Fourth of July decor. If consumed, intestinal disturbance or blockage is a possibility. Avoid the vet this holiday by keeping your pet on their paw lickin’ good kibble and decorations out of reach.
5. Emergency Numbers– Have your vet, the local emergency vet and animal poison control’s number at the ready. Best place would be to program them in your cell phone. In case there is a pet emergency, you know who to call and where the numbers are located. The ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center hotline number is 1-888-4ANI-HELP or 1-888-426-4435 ($65.00 per case). The charge is billed to caller’s credit card.
Happy Fourth of July!