It is often said that the 5th of July is the busiest day of the year for shelter workers. This is because the noise and hubbub that we call a "celebration" often terrifies our pooches, causing them to panic and flee - especially if you're not home, it could cause them to go out looking for you.
Make sure your pal is securely inside, especially as the night grows long and the firework shows begin. Have secure identification on your pet and have them microchipped if possible. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and costs under $50 bucks - so if your dog isnt' already microchipped, you still have time!
We keep all the pooches information handy and in one place, allowing us to quickly access the pooches microchip number. We also have pre-made "LOST" posters created, just in case, with recent photos of them - so we don't have to rush around looking for a "good" photo. More on all this next week!
A few other good tips for helping your pooch enjoy the holiday as much as you:
-Keep alcoholic beverages out of your pooches reach
-Take your pooch for an extra walk or do some mind games for stress relief
-Be aware of the temperature of the air and the pavement during your barbecue
-Keep your pet at home if you go out to a fireworks display.
If your furry pal is extra noise-sensitive, consider having a friend stay with them.
Do you have holiday plans? Do they include your pooches?
Sources: American Humane Association, PetMD