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Make 4th of July Less Stressful for Your Pet

Tips to Make 4th of July Less Stressful and Safer for Your Pet

  1. Keep them inside: Fireworks are scary for pets.  By keeping them indoors, you can minimize the danger to your pet by preventing them from escaping and becoming lost or getting harmed.

  1. Properly ID your pet: As much as we try to prevent lost pets, many pets escape each year on accident and are difficult to find if not properly identified.  The best ways to identify your pet are with a registered microchip and a tag attached to their collar.  Please double check that the microchip is registered with your current contact information and the tag has the correct information as well.

  1. Give them something to do:  Distraction is a great tool to help your pet feel more comfortable.  A treat dispensing toy, a peanut butter stuffed kong, or even a toy your pet hasn’t seen in awhile are great options.

  1. Be cautious with company: If you are having company this weekend, keep your pet in an area away from people visiting.  To your pet, most of the people visiting are strangers and it can be scary for them to meet so many new people.  Also, with people coming and going, there is a higher chance of a door to being left open and your pet escaping.

  1. Watch out for party favors and food:  With so many fun looking and tempting treats and decorations around, it may be hard for your pet to resist.  Keep food and party decorations safely away from the reach of your pet.

  1. See your veterinarian: Your pet’s veterinarian can offer advice and options to help your pet feel safer during the holidays.  They are there to help keep pet’s healthy and happy.

©Erica Harrington 2015

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