There are a lot of things to think about when preparing for the Fourth of July. What barbecue to go to, who’s coming over, what kind of plans will you have? Among all of the important Fourth of July preparations, one of the most important, yet the most overlooked, is keeping your pet happy and safe! Hopefully some of the tips below can help you when getting ready for the holiday.
Keep a collar on your pet. Did you know that July 5th is one of the busiest days for animal shelters? There is a 30% increase in lost pets between July 4th and July 6th. On average, only 14% are returned to their owners. Keep a collar on them and be on the lookout throughout the day!
Leave them at home/keep them inside. Crowded holiday festivities and fireworks displays can scare your pet and cause them to run off to get away from the chaos. Either keeping them inside if you’re having company over or leaving them at home if you’re heading out are your best options to make sure your pet does not run off!
Update their microchip information. Another step to take just in case your pet runs off is to update their microchip information! That way you know that they’ll be returned to the correct place if they happen to run away during the celebration.
Give them a safe space. Make your pet feel safe if you’re leaving them at home. Give them a space of their own to hide from the noises or keep them in a crate. Something else that can really help with taking away that fear they may have is to drown out the noise of fireworks with music, TV volume, or ambient sound.
Skip the celebration. Although many of us have plans on the Fourth, a great option for keeping your pet happy and safe is to skip the celebration completely, or to come home early. Sometimes your presence makes all the difference to them!
Keep them busy. No matter if you’re staying home, having company over, or leaving, keeping your pet busy with treat toys like Kongs can help to distract them from any party noise or fireworks that may be going on outside.
Purchase anxiety reducing products. Employ products that help to alleviate anxiety like anxiety wraps! These are a fabric tool that increases the positive effects of sensations that are sent by the brain receptors. Another product to think of are Thundershirts. These apply maintained pressure to calm your pet’s frustrated nerves. You can find these at your local pet store!
Be sure to talk to your veterinarian before the start of the holiday and ask your vet about options if your pet’s anxiety is especially severe. There are many options to relieve their stress, whether it be with medication, anxiety wraps, or just your presence alone.