LOST PETS! We see the sad pleas every single day on Facebook…and none more frequent than the day after Fourth of July or New Years Eve. Plan now to keep your pets safe on the 4th, not only for them but for your family who loves them.
The biggest risk is that your pet will get loose and become lost, injured or killed. That’s why your dogs and cats should be inside – early and throughout the evening and night. You think your yard is secure? It’s not, not if your dog is terrified and determined to escape.
When your pet must go out to use the bathroom, accompany him and use a leash with a snug-fitting collar or harness.
Make sure your pets always wear a collar with current tag and info and are also microchipped. Many a pet has been reunited with their family because of the cheap, miraculous invention called a microchip. It’s not too late now to get your pet microchipped before the holiday.
Many pets suffer from anxiety when there are unknown guests in your home. Consider keeping your pets in a room that’s secure and off-limits to others. People coming and going into your house is just asking for someone to accidentally let your dog or cat escape.
When fireworks start, play soothing music or turn on the television. If your dog has a crate, allow him to go in there with his toys for comfort.
And lastly, imagine this: Imagine what the day after the 4th will be like if you discover one of your furry family members is gone. That’s a thought no pet lover wants to ever face. Please…make plans now and put them in place before the holiday. There are few things more tragic than losing a beloved pet – especially if it could have been avoided.