The 4th of July is a fun, busy holiday for many families. With it taking place on a Monday this year, it gives you the chance for a long three-day weekend. If you're like many pet owners in the Lake Elmo area, your dog will be within earshot of a fireworks display, or maybe even at an event where fireworks take place. Sadly, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that more pets get lost over the Independence Day holiday than any other time of year. That's the bad news. The good news is that you can greatly reduce the chances of this happening to your pet by getting a microchip and following a few simple tips.
Pets and Fireworks Are Not a Good Combination
Dogs and cats are often terrified of fireworks. The loud noises feel random and your pet has no way of knowing the source or the reason for them. If you're attending a fireworks display, it's best to leave your pet at home. Not only will she not have the same appreciation for fireworks that you do, she could run off in fright and you could lose her forever.
Your dog or cat is likely to feel frightened by fireworks even when you don't attend a community display. Just hearing them at home is enough to make him whimper and tremble. While you can't stop people from lighting off fireworks, these tips can make hearing them less traumatic for your pet:
- Play gentle music to drown out the noise of the fireworks as much as possible
- Consider isolating dogs in one room of the house and making sure that cats have plenty of places to hide
- Give your dog a toy stuffed with treats to keep her occupied
- Be patient with your pet's behavior as she may express her fear in unexpected ways
When You're the Party Host
Some pets take holiday parties in stride and others become highly stressed by them. To prepare your pet, make sure he gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day. If your pet is out in the open, watch the door where guests enter and exit to make sure that he doesn't slip out without your knowledge. For backyard barbeques, ask your guests to keep charcoal, tongs, and people food out of your pet's reach. Importantly, keep an eye on your pet's proximity to the trash, as many curious pups are attracted to this treasure-trove of discarded food.
No Hot Cars
The summer has just begun and it's already been in the 90s several times. However, that is nothing compared to how hot it gets inside of your vehicle. Even if your pet loves traveling with you, please leave him home unless he can accompany you inside once you reach your destination. The interior of your car can get up to 120 degrees within 30 minutes. Your pet could suffer severe heat stroke or even die after just a few minutes. Since cracking the windows has little effect, leaving your pet at home is always the best bet.
Get a Microchip for Your Pet Today
It's good to have a collar and identification tag for your pet, but a microchip is better in the event she loses her collar. This device, which is about the size of a grain of rice, contains all of your contact information. If your pet gets lost, the person who find her just needs to bring her to an animal shelter or veterinary clinic to scan for a microchip.
Multiple studies show that pets with microchips reunite with their families at much higher rates than those with no identification or only a tag and collar. This process is fast and inexpensive at Cedar Pet Clinic Lake Elmo. Please contact us today to request an appointment.
Enjoy this holiday with your friends, family and extraordinary pets!