|Posted on June 27, 2012 at 1:20 PM|
With all the big booms, bangs, and blasts on and around the 4th of July, many pets flee in terror, sometimes wriggling out of collars, scrambling through windows or fences, and even busting through doors, often never to be seen again. Especially when the humans are too preoccupied to console them, it's important that we know how to keep our pets safe on this most noisy holiday.
This post does not come straight off the sidewalk, but I feel it's important to help spread the word about pet safety during the 4th of July celebrations, since it accounts for the highest incidence of pet loss. Reports of missing pets go up by about 30% after the 4th, and only an average of 14% are recovered by their owners.
There are a plethora of sites with useful tips on the internet, and many include health warnings about sunblock, insect repellant, alcohol, decorations, and bbq food scraps; but those are all made irrelevant by what I consider to be the best advice, which is to keep your pets safely secure indoors.
Here's my Top 10 list for you:
1. Leave your pets at home - you and they will be happier and less stressed.
2. Keep them secure indoors - don't expose them to all the risks outside on this day.
3. Shelter them - place them in a centrally-located room, with no - or covered - windows.
4. Set them up a safe haven - pet-proof, escape-proof, and with cozy bedding.
5. Keep them cool - leave plenty of water for them, and turn on a fan (also helps mask the noise).
6. Have some cover sound playing - turn on a radio or tv, or play a CD made for just such occasions.
7. Consider using calming remedies - herbal supplements, aromatherapy, anxiety wraps...
8. Ask your vet about mild sedatives - if your pet is particularly prone to fright, drugs might help.
9. Tire them out - beforehand, make sure they get lots of fun and healthy activity, and regular meals.
10. Tag 'em - make sure they are wearing your current contact information, just in case.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable - and safe! - 4th of July holiday this year.
Happy Independence, America!