It’s that time of the year!  Fourth of July – A day of fun-filled bbq’s and fireworks, but also one of the scariest times of the year for many pets.  Each year animal shelters see a record number of strays during the 4th of July as pets get lost or run off from fear of all the commotion and fireworks.

So what can you do to help make sure your pet is safe? Plan ahead.

1) Leave them at home! Your pet doesn’t know it’s a holiday and if they tend to be nervous around loud noises, thunder, and other loud activities, it’s best to just leave them at home.  They’ll feel safer and more comfortable, make sure your house is secured and your pet can’t get out.  *tip*: Be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed, some dogs who never chew may do so out of anxiety from strange noises they don’t typically hear everyday. Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you’re attending Fourth of July picnics, parades, and other celebrations.

2) Make sure their tags and microchip information is up to date. If they do get out, this will be the best chance you have of finding them or of them finding home.

3) Distract your pet. Tire out your pet before the nightly festivities.  If you’re not going to be home, get them toys and a safe place to “hide”.  Turn on the TV or some music to distract them from the loud noises outside.  If you are home, play with them or give them treats so they’re not thinking about the noise.

4) DO NOT leave them outside!! Pets who are normally okay with loud noises may not be okay with fireworks.  Many pets have escaped yards or hurt themselves trying to escape.

5) Consult a veternarian. If your pet is extremely anxious, talk to your vet to see if there are sedatives you can use.  There are also herbal calming solutions such as rescue remedy to help calm an animal down.

6) Stress & Anxiety Supplements.  You can purchase “stress & anxiety” supplements to help calm their nerves.  Check out the FFR shopping page for stores, Best Bully Sticks and Entirely Pets sells some all natural remedies that may help, such as “rescue remedy” (proceeds from these purchases support FFR).  Please consult a physician if you are unsure how your dog will react to supplements.

Also, please remember, NEVER leave a pet in the car on a hot day or night, the temperature in a car can quickly reach deathly levels within minutes and a dog’s internal body temperature is already 102 degrees.

We hope you all have a wonderful and safe 4th of July with your Furry Friends!

For more information about 4th of July safety check out these articles:

Release Your Dog’s Fear This Fourth of July

HSSV – July 4th Fireworks Are No Blast for Pets

HSUS – Keep your Pet Safe on July 4th

ASPCA – July 4th Tips

For your information:

Natural Balance has recalled the following product:

5 lb. and 28 lb. Sweet Potato & Chicken Dry Dog food – Manufactured on December 17, 2009 with a “Best By” date of June 17, 2011

States affected: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The FDA found some instances of salmonella in a sample from this batch of food.  Natural Balance ran independent tests which came back negative.  However as a precaution, they are voluntarily recalling the food just in case.  To read the letter from the president with more information about the recall, please click here – Letter from the President.

That’s right everyone!  Paws in the Park is back!  Come check out adoptable dogs, a doggie fashion show, contests, raffle prizes, and a silent auction!

Many sincere thanks to Santana Row, Kara’s Cupcakes, and Touleh for being our major sponsors for the event!

All the fun starts tomorrow, Saturday, June 5 from 1:00-4:00pm at Santana Row.  See below for more details or visit the EVENTS page (to hear about the event and see our great sponsors)!

  • Kara’s Cupcake Fundraiser for Rescue
    (Partial profits from Kara’s Sweet Vanilla cupcakes)
  • Doggie Fashion Show by Touleh! featuring Rescue & Shelter dog models!
  • Dog Adoption Showcase
  • Dog Show Contest; Best Talent, Cutest Diva, Coolest Dude, Unique Mix, ($5.00 donation per entry). VIP Judge for Dog Show Contest: Laurie Free from Mix 106.5 and Dr. Greg,Dog Dish Diet and more!
  • Silent Auction & Raffles

Come help support the rescue of dogs and cats and have loads of fun with your furry friend!  Furry Friends are welcome, it’s best to only bring pets that are comfortable with crowds and well behaved, otherwise they may be happier at home.