Tips To Ease Your Pets 4th of July Fear and Keep them Safe.
More dogs are lost on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year and local shelters always feel the impact. Muttropolis can offer helpful tips on keeping Fido safe on the fourth! We may enjoy the colorful, loud explosions of Independence Day but our four-legged companions are terrified of the hiss, pop and crackle of the fireworks. Dogs and cats have been known to jump through glass windows, claw through screen doors, jump over 10 foot fences or go right through locked windows or doors in their panic to escape the frightening effects. Many end up lost, in shelters, or get hit by cars.
1. No Fireworks
Resist taking your pet to the fireworks displays. Most animals don't enjoy the holiday's noisy spectacles. Plus, animals can be hurt by sparklers, cherry bombs and other fireworks set off in residential neighborhoods.
2. Keep Your Pet Inside
Never leave pets outside and unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain. Animals may panic, escape and get lost, or get injured by becoming entangled in their chain. They may injure themselves by chewing or choking on their leashes. Make sure their environment is safe and secure so your pet cannot escape.
3. Comfort First
If your pet will be home alone during the festivities, turn on the radio or TV to muffle the sounds or find them a friend! Cover a table with a blanket or place his bed behind a sofa where he will feel safe, secure and comfortable. A crate works well too, if the pet is already crat e trained. Close the curtains to reduce the likelihood of flashes.
4. Create Distractions
Try leaving interactive toys and treat releasing toys around the house to eliminate boredom and create distraction.
5. Encourage Rest
Feed and exercise your dog before the noise starts - to encourage them to rest and digest, especially for large breeds. Ask your veterinarian about administering sedatives or tranquilizers before the noise starts. Rescue remedy and Happy Traveler are non-prescription alternatives to help relieve anxiety in your pet when given half an hour before festivities.
6. ID Tags
Ensure your dog is wearing current identification tags or a microchip so the pet may be reunited with owners promptly if loud noises cause it to run away, just in case of a successful escape attempt.
7. Host with the most?
If you are hosting the festivities this year, keep the doors closed. If you have gues ts going in and out of the house, make sure that your dog does not have access to the door that keeps opening and closing. While it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill, in reality some festive foods and products can be potentially hazardous to your pets.
8. Avoid Autos
Don't leave your pet in the car. In addition to the danger posed by pet thieves, cars can heat up to a deadly temperature in minutes, even with windows partially opened.
9. Stress Signs
How to identify signs of stress: shaking, trembling, drooling, excessive barking and howling, scratching, chewing, loss of bowel and bladder control.
Pick up leftover sparklers and other sharp objects when the festivities are over. After the Fourth of July, be aware of possible firework debris when walking your dog.
Some specific products that can help: rescue remedy, a crate, patriotic collars/leads, apparel and bandanas. Muttropolis is happy to help pet parents celebrate their Patriotic Pooch Pride. Prevent you pet from becoming a statistic this Fourth of July.