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July 4th!!

Alex Richards
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Community, Holidays, Pet Safety

We all know everyone enjoys a good celebration and the holidays, and we know you want to include your animal companions in the festivities. July 4th is a pretty big holiday with lots of activities going on, mostly barbecues and fireworks. Here are some safety tips so you can include your pets in a way that keeps them safe and happy:

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  • Keep your pets away from food and alcohol
  • If you want to take those cute/funny photos of your pet(s) wearing festive costumes or headpieces: put it on them, take a bunch of photos, then take it off
    • Pets generally do not like wearing said costumes or headgear for long periods of time, so limit how long they wear it
  • Keep your pets indoors, in a quiet room or with some soft music playing so that the loud noises of the fireworks are less likely to scare them
  • Have treats and/or toys in the room with your pet to keep them occupied
  • Make sure that the room your pet is staying in is “Escape Proof”
    • secure all windows, pull down shades, make sure doors are locked/closed tight
  • Talk with your vet about possible options to keep your pet calm
    • Some options may be a ThunderShirt or consult with your vet if considering a mild sedative
  • If your pet is going to be outside with you during day activities, make sure to have a water bowl accessible for your pet to stay hydrated.
  • To help your pet be less anxious about you leaving them at home, exercise them beforehand so they are more likely to be calmer and fall asleep during night festivities
  • Make sure your animals have up-to-date tags that are secured to a collar or microchipped, in case they become loose due to being frightened by the holiday festivities

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