Everything is in place. You’ve got your spot all picked out for the 4th of July parade as well as the perfect place to watch the evening’s fireworks. The coolers are filled with ice and bottles of refreshments. The kids are all decked out in red-white-and-blue t-shirts with adorable shorts and flips flops. Needless to say, they’ll be cellphoto magnets.
But there’s something to check. The whole celebration is a challenge for pets. Sure it’s fun to take your pooch to the parade, but rethink that. Would you walk barefooted on the pavement? Would you wear a fur coat to walk the floats? Probably not. Dogs’ paws are pretty sturdy, but they still suffer burns from Texas heated sidewalks and streets. And those rising temperatures combined with coats are more than just a drag. They can be a life changer.
As for the night of skies filled with burst of flashes and the sounds of firecrackers, it can be a sensory terror for pets. Whether it’s the pooch in the backyard, the cat in the home-sweet-home or even the ponies in the pasture, the evening looks like World War III has gotten underway. Luckily, the fish in the family aquarium don’t give a flip.
To safeguard your critters, check with your vet today. If s/he has closed early for the holiday, don’t chance it. This night of the year is one of the record breakers for animals escaping.
Don’t take a chance that the day after the holiday you’ll be searching for your GWTW pet. Board them or crate them. And take a couple of seconds to make sure that your pet’s microchip is up to date. According to experts, many folks don’t realize that they need to register the chip.
If you’re set on leaving them in your homes, turn up the music to something soothing to counter the blasts of the holiday and hope that your house is not destroyed when you get home.