Did you know that the single busiest day of the year for animal shelters and animal control is July 5th? Do you ever wonder why that is?
The Fourth of July is a fun holiday for humans, but our four-legged family members often do not feel the same. Between the company, the outdoor parties/BBQ's, and, worst of all, the elaborate fireworks shows, the Fourth of July is a VERY stressful day for dogs, cats, and other animals.
More animals escape from their homes on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Because this is such a stressful day for many animals, pet owners should take the proper precautions to ensure their four-legged family members stay safe and sound despite all of the stressors and commotion.
First, make sure that your dog is secure in your home. Even though it seems fun to take your dog out to a parade, party, or fireworks show, it is important you resist this urge, as bringing your dog to one of these places puts them at much higher risk of running away out of fear. If you are going out, make sure to take your dog for a long walk before the firework shows begin, that way they will have gotten their business finished with and can spend the rest of the night inside the home.
.It is also important to make sure that your pet has ample distractions. If you are going out (or staying home!), leave on the TV and air conditioning so that some of the noise can be dulled down. Additionally, you may want to put on a white noise machine. It's also a good idea to give your pet something fun and attention-grabbing to play with, such as a frozen peanut butter-filled kong, or a puzzle toy with treats inside. It is much better to have your dog focused on finding those treats than on how scary those loud noises are!
While we can do everything in our power to prevent our animals from getting out, sometimes these things do happen, so it is best to be prepared. Make sure that your animal has a collar/harness on and is wearing up-to-date tags with your phone number and address on them. It's also important to know your pets microchip number and make sure that it is registered and up-to-date.
If your pets have very bad anxiety, you may want to consider staying home with your furry-friends and/or consulting your veterinarian about anti-anxiety medication.
Have fun, be safe, and make sure to keep our furry friends in mind while celebrating this day and our country's freedom. Have a wonderful Independence Day, and God Bless America!