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Find Freedom From Pet Anxiety and Stress This Independence Day
It’s rare to find an animal who’s seemingly unaware of or unbothered by their surroundings. To be sure, cats and dogs are typically hyper-alert when it comes to their environment – especially if there are loud noises or disruption in routine. Add to this a dizzying array of tasty food, fireworks, soaring temps, and playful children, and you’ve got a recipe for pet escape. Whether it’s just down the street or beneath the bed, pet anxiety and stress are very real threats to an animal’s safety and wellbeing.
Be Armed (With Knowledge)
The Fourth of July is a time of exuberant, old-fashioned fun. We fire up the grill, ready our fireworks, and start arranging games in the pool, yard, park, or beach. Sure, many pets are naturally along for the ride (wherever that may lead), but the road can be full of dangers.
Prepare in Advance
One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to ensure microchip information is up to date with the chip’s manufacturer. Identification tags securely affixed to the collar is another boon for security’s sake should your pet become separated from you. Lastly, have a current photograph of your pet on hand.
If a pet has an aversion to loud noises like fireworks or thunderstorms, you may try desensitization. This may involve playing sound or video recordings of storms or firework displays in advance.
If pet anxiety and stress become too much to handle during big summer events, please consider boarding your pet with us. We take excellent care of each guest while keeping him or her safe from dangerous situations.
Sudden Pet Anxiety
Some pets appear to be relaxed during Fourth of July festivities – until they’re not. Keeping your pet close by is a good way to monitor behavior, but it’s also important to do the following:
- Inspect fencing and gates to inhibit bolting down the street.
- Find an available room to keep your pet safe until the party and fireworks conclude.
- Supply fresh water to reduce the possibility of stress and heat-induced dehydration.
- Bring your pet’s crate to reduce pet anxiety and stress.
- Ask your guests or fellow party-goers to refrain from letting your pet out of the house or backyard.
- Do not allow your pet to be near sparklers, glow sticks, or other fireworks.
- Pick up debris after a light show to reduce possible consumption, and be aware that your pet may find something on the sidewalks as well.
BBQ’s and Picnics
Large gatherings of strangers, children, and other pets can induce a special type of pet anxiety. A socialized and well-trained pet may be easygoing about various stimuli and breaks in routine, but others tend to behave oddly.
Food is always of interest to pets. Be on high-alert when it comes to the following food items:
- The grill
- Bamboo or metal skewers
- Fatty foods or table scraps
- Grapes or raisins
The Fourth of July is also a common time for excessive exposure to sun and heat. Provide access to shady spots and cool water. Keep an eye on your pet’s exertion levels and time spent in direct sunlight.
Please contact us if we can be of assistance when it comes to Fourth of July pet safety.