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7 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe on the 4th of July

4th of July is a time of celebration for families across America. But did you know that more pets run away on this holiday than any other day of the year?

Even scarier, without proper ID, 90% of lost pets never return home. July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, with a full 30% increase in lost pets nationwide. Follow these smart tips to keep your pets from becoming a statistic.

Get moving

Give your dog plenty of exercise during the day before the fireworks begin. That will minimize any pent-up nervous energy (ie: wear them out!) and help them stay relaxed and calm when the festivities start.

Set up a retreat

Make sure pets have a safe place to retreat, like their crate or bed, so they know where to go when they get scared. If they have a favorite toy or blanket, tuck that into the retreat as well. You can also play gentle music or white noise to soothe sensitive ears. Check on them every few hours to reinforce that sense of security. You can make it easy on yourself by setting a timer as a reminder!

Keep it calm

The high-pitched squeals, thundering booms, and bright flashing fireworks can send even the bravest dogs running. It’s best to keep them indoors, lower the blinds, and close the windows. That will help shield them from the frightening loud noises and flashes of light.

Check their IDs

Even if your dog’s safely indoors at the beginning of the evening, that adorable smarty-paws could find a way to escape. Remember, 90% of lost pets never return home without proper identification. That’s why a microchip and collar ID are so important. To prep for the 4th, check that both forms of ID are up-to-date with your current contact info.

Track their movements

The worst-case scenario: your furry friend escapes. Would you prefer waiting days for a kind stranger to call or using your phone to see where your dog has gone? Whistle GPS Pet Tracker will send an alert if your intrepid explorer wanders away from home, and you can start tracking location in minutes.

Make sure your device is fully charged in case your pet gets spooked and hightails it. If you don’t have your GPS tracker yet, order now to be prepared on the big day!

Eat and greet

You’ve got your space and pets set up for safety, great job! Now let’s party plan. A lot of the food and drinks in your summer spread can be harmful to pets, like alcohol, coffee, onions, avocado, grapes, raisins, and bones that have not been specially treated for animal consumption. Place them out of reach and ask guests not to feed the pets. No matter how cute their puppy dog eyes are!

Repel with care

We all know how annoying mosquitoes can be, but did you know that popular repellents like citronella and DEET are irritants and toxic to pets? Whether you use oils, candles, insect coils, or something else to keep insects at bay, place them where your furry friends cannot touch, eat, or inhale them.

4th of July can be a fun-filled day with your family. Just follow these easy tips to keep your pets safe and make sure you can find them if anything happens. And then relax and enjoy your holiday. You got this!

Jun 22, 2016

Tags:   dogs of summer   pet tips   pet parenting  


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