4th of July Pet Safety!!!!!!!

I am sharing this post as a public service announcement for all you pet owners out there! These are some great pet safety tips for your information. Please feel free to share this information.
These are my 3 lovely Furbabies. 2 of the 3 are very frightened with loud noises such as thunder or fireworks. I dread the 4th of July as it seems people in my neighborhood set of fireworks for several weeks this time of year. The poor dogs need to be given calming medication. It is so awful… I hope the following suggestions will help all out!

The grandest national celebration is just around the corner – 4th of July – and it’ll be filled with picnics, barbecues, and of course, the ubiquitous fireworks.  For us, it’s a fun time to celebrate but for our furry friends, the noise and commotion can cause anxiety, worry and maybe even to run away.
Brought to you by Found Animals, an independently funded nonprofit working to find the big ideas that reduce euthanasia in shelters, we’d like to offer some tips on how to keep our furfamily safe this 4th of July.
July 4th Pet Safety Tips:

  1. Make sure your pet wears ID. Animal shelters report intake increases of 30% during the July 4th holiday due to scared pets bolting from their homes. Outfit your pet with a collar and clearly readable ID tag with your current phone number. In a pinch, a fabric collar with your phone number written on it with a Sharpie works just as well.
  2. Your pet should be microchipped and the number registered in a national registry. A microchip is the only permanent form of ID for your pet. If your pet escapes and loses his collar, he can still be reunited with you if his microchip is registered with your current info.  Check, register or update your pet’s microchip for free at Found.org – the first and only national free microchip pet registry.
  3. Leave your pet at home. No matter how well you think you know your pet, they can still be unpredictable when startled or scared. The best place for an insecure pet is the place he knows best. Put your pet in a quiet room where he feels safe and comfortable.  If the party is at your house, make sure your guests know not to disturb him or let him out. Do not leave your pet outside.
  4. Leave extra water.  Stressed out pets tend to pant more, so make sure to supply ample, clean water.
  5. Try calming aids for anxious pets.  If your pet is overly stressed, try putting them in a Thundershirt or use an over-the-counter natural remedy such as Comfort Zone.
  6. Party food is for people. Don’t compound your pet’s discomfort this day by feeding table scraps or foods not normally eaten. Unfamiliar food plus stress can add up to tummy upsets and other health problems.
  7. Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered. Nearly 3 million sheltered pets are euthanized every year.  If your pet gets out, or someone else’s pet gets in, avoid unwanted litters by making sure your pet is spayed or neutered.

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