NEW YORK, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — With the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, between barbecues and fireworks, it’s easy to forget about the well-being of our four-legged friends. Pets go missing on the 4th of July more than any other holiday, so it’s important to make sure your pets are safe and out of harm’s way while you celebrate. The American Kennel Club and AKC Reunite are here to give you some tips for keeping your pets safe this holiday weekend.

  • Establish a safe space. Keep pets indoors. Make sure your dog or cat always has a comfortable, quiet, and safe place to hide, such as a closet, under furniture, or in their crate. Keep them safe and away from doors and windows.
  • Provide toys. Keep durable toys and treats in your pet’s safe area to make the area more fun and to distract them from loud noises and flashes.
  • Exercise earlier in the day. Take time to exercise your pet during the day to keep them safe inside before the fireworks start.
  • Try not to leave your pet home alone. If you can’t stay with them, have a family member, pet sitter, or friend watch them while you’re away.
  • Do NOT leave your pet alone in the garden. Even if you have a fenced yard, you should consider taking your pet out on a leash to prevent it from jumping a fence and running away in fear.
  • Move your dog away from the grill. No matter how conscious your dog is, keep him away from the grill when it’s on. It’s extremely hot, which is dangerous for an unsuspecting pet, not to mention open flame. Even after turning it off, keep your pet away from the grill until it is completely cool. Also, avoid giving your pet food from the barbecue, as it may upset your pet’s stomach.
  • Secure your yard. If you plan to gather during the holidays and you have a gate in your garden, make sure it is always closed. Your guests should also be informed. If guests come and go, it may be best to keep your pet on a leash or in a crate. You can even name a family member at the gate.
  • Distract yourself with music. At dusk, close your windows and curtains and turn on the music or television to drown out the loud noises that accompany social gatherings and the thundering thunder of fireworks.
  • Keep your pet hydrated. Whether it’s summer or not, it’s extremely important to make sure your pet drinks enough water throughout the day and has easy access to shade. Signs of heat stroke to look out for are vigorous panting, bright red gums, restlessness and restlessness. If this happens, take your dog to a cooler place and contact your veterinarian. On particularly hot days, it is best to leave your dog indoors.
  • Observe their body language. Pets convey fear by shivering, cowering, tucking their tail between their paws, and looking away. Threatening a fearful pet will only make them more. Unless he is about to hurt himself, it is best to leave a fearful animal alone, as his behavior when he is afraid is uncertain. Never punish a pet when it is scared. Also, if your pet has a history of noise phobia, contact your veterinarian. It may help to give them painkillers an hour or two before the fireworks start.
  • Update microchip contact information. Make sure your pet’s microchip is up to date in case your pet manages to escape, as well as their collar tags. Keep AKC Reunite’s number, 800-252-7894, on your phone in case of an emergency or if your pet is found.

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SOURCE American Kennel Club

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