This Fourth of July promises to have clear skies just perfect for firework displays throughout the North Texas area. Why you may not even have to leave your mansion to hear the ka-booms and see the flashes overhead.
But while such a sight is breathtaking and all in the best spirit, the sounds and sights can be devastating for some… like pets.
According to Lost Dogs of America, more dogs “run away from home over the Fourth of July holiday than any other.”
Here are some tips to prepare for that “just in case” situation:
- Make sure your pet is microchipped and, most importantly, that its registration is current.
- Do not take your pet to Fourth of July festivities.
- Take your dog for a walk during the day. The cat doesn’t need to take a stroll.
- If you’re set on taking the pooch to a parade, remember the pavement is going to be hot. So, walk and have them sit on a grassy spot and bring along some water. You may not get thirsty, but you’re not wearing a fur coat.
- Secure them in an indoor crate with the TV and/or music playing, preferably in a room with window shades down.
- The ASPCA has provided a free app to help you locate your pet, just in case the night results in their running away from home.
- Ask your vet for advice specifically on how to deal with your animal companion’s anxiety.
BTW, have a current photo of your pet? Even if you don’t have a camera, you can take a cellphone picture. It will be vital if your pet does make a mad dash, so that you can immediately post on social media as well as distribute handouts.