4th of July is just around the corner, and there are many "COVID pet parents" who will be experiencing the 4th of July for the first time with their pups.
According to the American Humane Association, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters. Reacting the opposite of their human counterparts, pets tend to panic with all the bangs, flashes and smoke from July 4th fireworks.
Take some time to plan ahead and protect your pet from the stress with a few simple steps:
- Microchip your pet – Be proactive and fit your pet with microchip identification, and ID tags with their name and your telephone number in case he does escape.
- Keep your pet indoors – Try to keep your pets inside at all times during July 4th festivities. Loud noises may make them panic and break their restraint or jump a fence to seek safety. If you’re leaving the house to celebrate, try to find someone who will stay at home with your pets. Always keep your dog on a leash during the holiday, no matter how “off-leash trained” he may be.
- Make pets feel safe – Pet, hug and talk to your furry friends in a calm voice. Reward them with healthy snacks like Evanger’s Raw Gently Dried Beef Liver Treats. Provide access to a “safe place,” whether it’s a crate or favorite pillow.
- Mask the sound – Try to diminish the fireworks noise by keeping windows closed, and turning on the television or playing music.
- Maintain your routine – Since pets react to your energy, stick to your normal routine as much as possible.
- Be mindful of toxins – Make sure your holiday supplies are kept well out of reach of your pets. These include sunscreen, unused fireworks, lighter fluid, matches and citronella-based bug repellants. If you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, advise your guests to avoid sharing their food, as some human foods and beverages can cause gastrointestinal distress if not much more serious symptoms requiring immediate medical attention.
The Evanger's family wishes you and your pets a happy and safe 4th of July!