The Fourth of July is a blast for many people but can be one of the most frightening days of the year for your four-legged family members. According to the American Humane, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for many animal shelters as pets spooked by fireworks flee and end up in shelters’ care.
Follow the tips below to ensure your pets stay safe during this years’ celebrations.
1. Keep pets away from fireworks – Pets’ sensitivity to sounds, sights and smells is far greater than ours so keeping them from the festivities is the best way to go; preferably inside.
2. Lots of exercise and potty breaks earlier in the day – This helps tire them out and makes keeping them indoors less challenging.
3. Create a safe space for them – Whether that be in a bedroom, bathroom or an inside dog crate, create an environment that they feel safer in. Closing windows, blinds and curtains can help in avoiding visual and auditory stimulation.
4. Turn up ambient noise – From fans to TVs to music, try cranking up the volume to help drown out the sounds of fireworks.
5. Keep them on a leash if they need to go outside – Pets can become “escape artists” on the Fourth of July, even if they haven’t shown interest in escaping beforehand.
6. Proper fitting collars and I.D. tags – This, along with ensuring they are microchipped, is the quickest way to get them back to you if they end up escaping.
Stay safe this upcoming holiday & keep your furry friends safe too!
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