New York, NY –The Fourth of July fireworks and holiday celebrations may be fun and exciting for you, but the deafening noises and rowdy gatherings of Independence Day can scare the daylights out of your dog or cat. Every year hundreds of pets throughout the country are lost or injured during this occasion. It’s important to plan ahead and to stay mindful of our fur-friends throughout the festivities. Be sure to follow this list of precautions to protect your pet this holiday weekend so that everyone in your family can enjoy a fun, safe and stress-free Fourth of July!
Even though you’re indulging, resist the urge to indulge your pet! As you prepare for the BBQ, keep animal companions away from the grill, charcoal and lighter fluid. Your pet will most likely gobble up anything you share with him but remember foods like onions, salt, avocados and chocolate are fatally toxic to dogs and cats. It’s important we avoid giving into those pleading eyes, and inform friends and family to do so as well.
Dogs love bones, right? Throwing leftover bones to the dog may seem natural, however bones can be very dangerous for pets. They might choke on them, or suffer a grave injury if the bone should splinter and become lodged in, or even puncture the digestive tract. This can be extremely painful and require surgery.
Be sure to secure trash bags or have a pet-proof covered container ready for throwing bones into. Beer and alcohol are poisonous to pets as well. Making sure that alcoholic beverages are stored and placed in an area inaccessible to pets can help prevent accidental ingestion.
The Fourth of July holiday weekend is a great time for celebrating, but for family pets it can be an extremely stressful affair. During the 4th, there is a 30% increase in runaway pets due to anxiety and noise caused by fireworks. It’s crucial to keep our pets inside, safe and sound during all of the festivities.
Making sure they have access to their crate or “safe place” is a must. Do your best to avoid the noise by closing windows, playing music or turning on the TV. Our pets take cues from our actions; so going about your normal routine and staying calm is important.
Products like the AKC Calming Coat for dogs, and Calm Cat for cats are easy and cost effective solutions in treating pets who suffer from anxiety. These coats are designed to apply constant pressure on an animal’s torso, which provides a calming effect for most pets. With the holiday excitement in the air, new guests visiting the home, and the terrifying sound of fireworks; wrapping your pet in a Calming Coat or Calm Cat will help tremendously during the 4th of July weekend.
Another great item to use for this holiday is Pet Remedy, which has been naturally tackling stress and anxiety in animals with their unique calming product line. Available as a plug-in diffuser or as a de-stress and calming spray; Pet Remedy works like magic thanks to its high quality blend of herbal essences, valerian, sweet basil, sage and vetiver. Before this year’s Fourth festivities begin, spray Pet Remedy on your pet’s living environment or plug-in the diffuser in their “safe place” room to help keep them in a calm state of mind.
Many families plan vacations during this time, which often include trips to the ocean, lake, pond, pool or riding on a boat. It’s a common misconception that all canines instinctively know how to dog paddle in the water. In fact, one in 1,000 dogs drown each year. Not all dogs are expert swimmers so we must stay alert and monitor our four-legged friends around large bodies of water at all times.
Whether out on a boat or hanging by the pool, your pup should have a life preserver on – no exceptions! The AKC Floatation Vest is a great solution for keeping Fido safe during water activities. This vest has quick release buckles, and, most importantly, a large nylon handle on the top of the vest to make it easier to snatch your dog out of the water.
It’s also important to protect our pets from the sun with products specifically designed for your dog or cat. Human sunscreen and insect repellent is a no go. Also provide a shady, cool place for them to rest, along with plenty of fresh water for hydration!
Do you know what day is historically one of the busiest days of the year in animal shelters all across the US? It’s July 5th! Whether the neighborhood teens are throwing firecrackers on your street or your entire community is enjoying the big fireworks display, your pet can become frantic and run away, trying to find a safe haven.
More pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of year, and noisy fireworks are to blame. According to the ASPCA, the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy estimates that fewer than 2% of cats and only 15-20% of dogs entering shelters are ever reunited with their families. These are sad and tragic statistics, which is why pet identification is crucial, especially during holidays when pets are at greater risk. All of your pets should have collars, ID tags and microchips, even indoor-only cats.
Twigo Tags are perfect for both the Fourth of July and everyday use. These unique tags are simple, affordable, silent (no jingle noise) and instantly personalizable. All that is needed is a ballpoint pen to simply write, boil in water, and then slip onto our pet’s collar. Twigo is a great option for pet families planning to travel for the holiday since owners can easily create a new tag with updated lodging and contact information in a blink of an eye!
Pre-Fourth preparation and staying aware during the celebration can save a lot of hassle and heartache for pet families everywhere. Consider engaging Fido or Fluffy with a special toy or long-lasting chew during the party or noisy fireworks. Also, keep in mind exercise helps relieve stress, so schedule walks or playtime before the festivities begin. By following these helpful tips and precautions, both you and your four-legged friend will be sure to have a happy, safe and stress-free Fourth of July holiday!