This week, Americans across the country and around the globe will gather to celebrate Independence Day. While the backyard barbecues and lakeside hangouts are terrific celebrations for people, there are many dangers for our four-legged best friends.
Pet owners will likely know if loud noises regularly upset their companions. Ferocious thunderstorms, backfiring cars and door slamming can all set off cats and dogs. Fireworks pose a particularly dangerous trigger for anxious or sensitive animals. When celebrating this weekend, keep your pets in mind by following these guidelines:
- If fireworks are on the agenda, leave your pets at home. Keep them inside, shielded from loud noises. Leave windows closed and draw the shades to minimize the sound and flashes of light.
- If your companion animals are sensitive to loud noises, then don’t leave them alone while celebrating. Make sure that someone can stay home with them, offering reassurance and hugs during stressful situations.
- If you think your pets should be tranquilized, consult your veterinarian in advance of your weekend plans.
- Contact an animal behaviorist to work with your pets on their fears. With positive reinforcement and behavior modification training, you may be able to help your pets deal with loud noises!
- Be sure that all ID tags are properly affixed to your pet’s collar and that they have your current contact information, including your cell phone.
- Update your microchip registrations and pet license information to ensure they are current.
The Fourth of July should be fun for all members of the family. Take the time today to prepare for the holiday weekend and prioritize the safety and wellbeing of your pets.