For most of us, July 4th is a fun day to be with family and friends, barbecue, and enjoy the start of summer. We’re waiting impatiently.
Our pets, however, not so much. For them, it is not a vacation at all. Rather, it’s kind of like getting a root canal from a spooky clown while someone bangs on the lids of trash cans in the background. It’s not cute.
It’s no secret that the 4th party festivities are one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters, as the loud, spooky sound of fireworks tends to make the mode pop. “Theft” in many animals trying to escape the horror of it all. . We are therefore seeing an increase in the number of lost animals entering the shelter.
Here are some tips to minimize stress and keep your pet safe:
Avoid being outside after dark when the fireworks are likely to start. Plan the necessary walks earlier in the day. While you may feel that you still have a good grip on your dog’s leash, it is possible to lose control of a panicked dog.
Secure doors and windows
A frightened animal can find paths through a door or window that they might not otherwise have attempted. Keeping doors and windows closed will minimize the chances that your pet can escape if they are scared and block out noise at the same time.
Create a safe space
Your pet may benefit from being kept in a small room. It will help them feel secure. Provide blankets, dens, or other places to hide.
Puzzle feeders and other enrichment toys will give your pet something not to worry about noise.
Over-the-counter calming aids
Pet stores sell over-the-counter calming chews, treats, and sprays for dogs and cats that may have a calming effect.
Ask your vet
If your pet is suffering from severe anxiety that is not relieved by any of the above tips, your vet may prescribe sedatives to help him get through 4th. Remember to only give your pet medication as directed by your veterinarian.
Tag and chip
Make sure your pet wears a collar with a visible ID tag and an microchip. Check that the contact information associated with both is up to date with your current phone number.
Get a ThunderShirt
Another item to consider adding to your pet’s wardrobe is a ThunderShirt. Like swaddling a baby, ThunderShirt’s design applies gentle, constant pressure to calm all types of anxiety, fear, and over-excitement issues. My dog Maddie has one, and I’ve found it really helps soothe her when her anxiety is off the charts.
If, God forbid, your pet is missing, here’s what to do:
Step 1: Display the pets on our website. The list includes the animals currently housed at Pasadena Humane. If you see your pet, please call 626-792-7151, ext. 975. If you do not see your pet, please continue to check it regularly. The pet feed is updated hourly.
Step 2: Find your missing pet on neighborhood social media pages. Find your missing pet on Nextdoor, your neighborhood’s missing pet groups on Facebook, and on Craigslist. If you can’t see your pet, post photos and information about your pet on these channels.
Step 3: Publish your pets publicly. Post flyers about lost animals in your neighborhood.
Step 4: Check the shelters. Visit the shelter in person to search for your pet and complete a lost pet form.
Step 5: Post it on social media. Post your lost pet on apps and websites like Nextdoor, Facebook, Craigslist, Pawboost, Finding Rover, Shadow.
Have fun and be careful!