Lately, fireworks have been a problem every night. People all over the region have been complaining about the blasts and how their pets are frightened. Well, now the 4th of July is upon us, and the holiday where fireworks are guaranteed, like it or not. So you need to take extra care with your cat or dog this weekend.
Nationwide Insurance says more pets are lost over the July 4th holiday than any other day of the year. It's not a surprise that July 5this one of the busiest days for animal shelters because of pets running away from the scary loud noises..
Here are some things you can do to protect your furry friends this weekend to make sure, even if they do run away, you’ll be reunited.
Microchip your pet– A collar with an up-to-date ID tag is important but it can be easily removed, so a microchip will give you a much better chance of being reunited with a lost animal.
Use your pet ID tag wisely– Don’t waste space with a pet’s name, or your name and address. Instead, put as many phone numbers as you can on an ID, including area codes.
Talk to your vet about anti-anxiety meds– There are safe and effective meds to treat noise phobia in pets, make sure to pick some up before the holiday. We had a Brittany named Dixie, and she needed a pill for fireworks and thunderstorms.
Keep your pet secure at home– Don’t take your pet out on the 4th, but if you must make sure they are on a leash. Stay home at night, draw the drapes, put you relaxing favorites on 106.1 The Breeze to keep your animal calm.
Start looking for runaway pets immediately – Don’t waste any time if your pet escapes. Contact area shelters, post information in online groups and community forums. Post flyers in your neighborhood, and check sheds, garages and other possible hiding places.
Keep looking– Don’t give up hope if they aren’t found right away. Pets can be found weeks and months after being lost.
Good luck, and I hope you and your pet have a safe, happy and calm July 4th.