The Forth of July is here and in the midst of celebration of Independence Day, be mindful that Independence Day is the day most pets run away from home. Here are four quick tips to keep your pet safe on the Fourth of July:
- Make sure your dog is wearing all visible identification tags-with multiple contact numbers of phones you will have 24/7 access to. If your dog is microchipped, place a tag indicating they are chipped onto their collar to expedite the process.
- Make sure your microchip is registered and up to date-your dogs microchip is only as useful as the information you connect to it. Be sure it’s up to date with your address and phone numbers!
- Secure all doors and be sure any guests are extra mindful of exits-Dogs can turn into quite the Houdini’s when they’re frightened and can escape even through the smallest gap.
- Don’t leave your pets outdoors-Dogs need a safe place to nestle in when they’re feeling afraid, so keep your dog indoors, these festivities leave much to be desired for a dog. Set up a nice cozy spot for them away from exterior windows and walls (where the noises are the loudest). Even in a fenced in yard, frightened dogs will work overtime to find a way out.
Don’t forget about the “everyday” dangers like table scraps and be mindful of trash bags with remains of fireworks, etc. and keep them out of reach of your dog. Have a safe and happy Independence Day!