Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

As we get closer to fireworks, BBQ’s, lots of merry making with friends and family we need to keep in mind of the potential dangers for our furry babies!

MP900341744Each year the local shelters will see an increase in animals after July 4th because many animals run off from fear or anxiety around all the commotion.  Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe!

To help reduce the risk of run away pets:

Keep your pets indoors at home in a sheltered, quiet area.  Some animals can become destructive and panic when frightened, so be sure that you’ve removed any items that your pet could destroy or that would be harmful to your pet if chewed.

Best to stay home with your pet. Make sure to give your dog extra exercise during the day to wear him or her out or leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company and drawn out 4th of July fireworks.

Update ID chips and tags.  In case your pet runs off, this helps increase the chances of them finding their way home.

Keep those pet tummies safe!  And avoid costly vet bills.  Keep any harmful substances and decorations that can hurt animals if ingested out of their reach. Sometimes streamers or lighter fluid can look and smell like food but are potentially dangerous if ingested.  Same goes for BBQ human food!

If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult with your veterinarian before July 4th for ways to help alleviate the fear and anxiety he or she will experience during fireworks displays.

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Here are natural remedies you can help keep your pets calm during the fireworks display:

TranQuil-Tabs, All-Natural Calming Formula. Sold at Waggin Tail, Union City or  EntirelyPets.com – this has been used by some FFR volunteers and found to work well.

Thunder Shirt – Not tested by an FFR volunteer yet, but we’ve heard stories that they do help some pets.

You can purchase “stress & anxiety” supplements to help calm their nerves.  A lot of online pet stores via Furry Friends Shopping page. (Shopping from these links will donate %s to FFR!)

Other Helpful Tips!

As the holiday season gets closer, I’m sure many of you are probably going on trips with your fur kids!  Well there are some tips that are really important to keep in mind when preparing them for and during travel to keep them safe!

Preparing for Travel

  • Make sure you know where you’re going to stay and that the locations are pet friendly!
  • Supplies – have enough food, water, and extra!
  • Documents – keep an extra copy of vet records on hand just in case
  • Microchipping – make sure your pet has proper ID tags, is microchipped and the information connected to the chip is up to date! – so that if they some how get lost they can be scanned
  • Proper travel restraints – crates and seat belts are incredibly important for car trips and plane rides!  Make sure you also understand what the restrictions are for flying your pet and how that process works.

During Travel

  • Always keep your pet leashed and a firm grip on the leash, you never know what might startle or scare them
  • Take breaks! – we dogs like to stretch our legs and use the bathroom just like you do!
  • Understand what your pet is like on road trips and have the right supplies ready – water, motion sickness medicine, etc.

For more in-depth tips on how to prepare and travel with your pet, check out these links below: