The 4th of July is fast approaching. The holiday is a great time for Americans to be outdoors and celebrate independence with families and friends grilling out burgers, steaks, and hot dogs in the backyard or in the beach. At night, you switch your lights off and brace for the spectacular fireworks on display. Sadly, this is also the day that more pets are lost than the rest of the days of the year.
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The fourth of July may be one of our happiest times, but for our furry friends, it’s the opposite. They are afraid of loud booms and high-pitched shriek and bright sparkling lights of fireworks. On this day, our pets need help and comfort from us. We need to make them feel safe and at ease.
Check out these tips on how to protect your pup on July 4th and prevent graying of your hair on the 5th.
Take your dog for a walk
Take a long walk with your pet in the afternoon before the fireworks display starts. They need to spend their energy so when they get home in time for the loud festivities, they will be too tired to prance around and break out.
Let your pets stay indoors
Just because they are too worn out to escape from your house doesn’t mean they like staying. Help them be comfortable and feel safe inside your home by closing your doors and windows or blinds to keep the loud sounds and bright lights from coming in. Turn on your TV or radio to drown the booming sound from the outside and avoid frightening them.
Be with your pet
Your pet will feel better if you stay with them during this time or you may drop them off at a family member’s or friend’s house where someone can stay with them, comfort, and distract them. If you choose to accompany your pet, just act natural, divert their attention with a new toy or a favorite food because pets are sensitive. They can sense if you’re agitated or calm.
Anticipate the worst
Even after all your efforts, there is a possibility that your dog will still run away from your area, so make sure that your pet is wearing an identification tag or 3GPS pet tracker device. 3G GPS tracker such as Trackimo will inform you by sending an alert message to your phone if your dog has gone out. With the device, you will also be able to trace your dog’s current location and pick him up immediately.
If you don’t own one yet, it’s time for you to get one. You deserve to have fun this day just like the rest of the country, and you can only do that fully if you don’t have to worry about your beloved pet.