by Katie McCarthy
The 4th of July is a celebratory holiday that so many of us partake in each year. It is a time when we enjoy spending the day with family, barbequing some great meals, and watching firework shows. It is important to note, though, that the 4th of July can quite often be a scary and potentially dangerous day for our pets.
Before the 4th of July arrives, it is important that you take some easy but necessary steps to ensure your pet’s health and safety are in order to avoid any stressful or heartbreaking events from occurring. The first and easiest thing you can do is make sure your pet has proper identification affixed to their collar. Many pets become frightened on the 4th of July from the fireworks and other loud noises and they can potentially run away from home. Animal control officials have seen a 30-60% increase in lost pets between July 3rd and July 6th, and July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters nationwide as so many pets have gotten lost after being frightened. Having the proper identification easily accessible will help your pet find their way home again. Moreover, making sure your pets microchip is updated with your current contact information is vital for a proper return home! If your pet does not have a microchip, you can consult your veterinarian about getting one. Another task that you can do for your pet is to make sure your yard and home is secured safely, especially if you will be away, this will help lower the risk of your pet escaping if frightened.
If leaving your pet at home is not an option, boarding them in a safe and calm environment such as the Anaheim Hills Pet Clinic Luxury Resort is a great option. Every pet has their own secure luxury suite with air-conditioning and a private television to help drown out the loud noises associated with the 4th of July, and you can enjoy the day knowing your pet will be safely returned to you.
If you would like to keep your pet at home this holiday, but are still concerned about their well-being, consulting with your veterinarian about medications to help ease the anxiety your pet may feel is an option to persue. Never give your pet any type of medication without consulting your veterinarian first!
After the 4th of July has passed, it is a good idea to check your yard for any kind of debris that may have fallen onto your property from elsewhere, or your own party, as debris from fireworks can be harmful to pets if they chose to ingest what they find.
All in all the 4th of July can be an incredibly safe and fun day for the entire family if you take the few easy steps to make sure your pets are safe and happy.