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:
- 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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We want to wish you all a Happy Easter!
Please be mindful of bringing your pets along for any of the Easter Egg Hunts. If you do, keep them on a leash and watch out that they don’t eat anything. Anything hiding in those Easter eggs could be harmful to your pets. Bodhi and Elvis were happy to pose for camera to celebrate Easter.
“Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!” (pronounced as lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch), which means “Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you!” in Gaelic. We hope you all will have a wonderful day today, and we understand that you want to share this special & fun holiday with your beloved pets. Here are some tips on how to maximize your fun with your canine or feline during this holiday, while also keeping them safe:
- If you want to dress up your pet:
- put on the costume
- take your picture(s)
- take the costume off
- This way you get the picture you want, and your pet doesn’t have to stay in an uncomfortable costume all day
- If you want to “paint” your pet:
- ASK YOUR VET FIRST!
- your pet may have allergies that may not allow them to put something on their hair/fur/skin
- There is spray paint for dogs called, PetPaint
- There are also homemade recipes that your vet may suggest
- If you plan to attend a parade or party:
- KEEP YOUR PET AT HOME!
- the noise and crowds of parades and parties give unneeded anxiety to your pets
- your pets will happily welcome you home as you tell them all about the fun you had
- If you want to share a pint with your pup: