Keep Your Pet Happy & Healthy on the 4th of July!

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The 4th of July brings to mind images of hot dogs (the edible kind), beer, BBQs, fireworks and an overall patriotic good time. But as you celebrate the 4th in style, don’t forget about taking care of your furry companions. Whether you’re hanging out at home or taking your pet along with you to the festivities, here are a few tips to keep your pet safe and happy during the holiday:

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Fireworks:

Loud noises from fireworks can turn even the most chill cat or dog into a fraidy cat or terrified terrier. In addition to just being frightened, many shelters report up to a 30% increase in lost pet intake during the holiday due to scared animals running away to escape fireworks.

1)    Make sure your pet has a quiet, safe place to feel secure during fireworks displays. This means putting a normally outdoor dog or cat inside for the duration. Give them their favorite toy and/or treats to help distract them from the noise.

2)    If your pet is in a separate room during a party, make sure your guests know your pet is secured for their own safety and well-being and NOT to let them out.

3)    If you bring your pet with you to a party, make sure they are on a leash at all times. Frightened dogs are unpredictable—give yourself and your dog peace of mind by keeping them leashed.

4)    If your pet is still a bundle of nerves, you can try an over-the-counter natural remedy such as Comfort Zone. Available in a diffuser or household spray and specially formulated for dogs or cats, Comfort Zone imitates naturally occurring pheromones that may help put pets at ease.

5)    If despite your best efforts to protect your pet they still make a break for it, the best way to help get them back home is to ensure they have a collar with ID tag as well as an up-to-date registered microchip. If you haven’t yet, register or update your pet’s microchip for free at the Found Animals Registry.

cat grilling chicken

Food and Beverages:

Yes, that grilled chicken looks great to you, it also looks tasty to your pet. When not under close supervision, both dogs and cats can get into “people” food and choke on bones or get sick from lapping up spilled alcohol.

1)    Make sure to keep your pet in a secure area with their own food and water supply to avoid a call to poison control or vet visit mid-party.

2)    Give extra water; stressed animals, even cats, tend to drink more.

3)    Visit our toxic foods blog for a list of foods your pet shouldn’t indulge in.

4)    In case your pet does get into something they shouldn’t, call the ASPCA Poison Control Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays, at (888) 426-4435.

Everyone at Found Animals wishes you and your furry family members a safe and sane July 4th!

Do you have any tips for the 4th of July? Leave a comment below.