As the fourth of July approaches, I would just like to remind everyone to safeguard their pets.

The loud noise of the fireworks scare dogs especially.  The best thing to do is to keep your dogs and cats indoors with you.  If you cannot be home with them, then turn on a TV or radio to help sooth them from the loud noises.  Also, draw your blinds and shades closed, incase any fireworks can be seen through your windows.

You can also have a pet sitter, like myself, go by and check on Fido if you are out enjoying the fireworks display.

In extreme cases, your dog may require a little sedation.  You can always take them to your veterinarian to discuss this option, if you have an especially sensitive dog.

Do NOT leave your dog in the backyard.  They are totally exposed outside and can become frantic.  It is amazing how a dog can escape the backyard and run when they are scared. Every 5th of July there are an unprecedented amount of dogs on the streets.  The lucky ones get picked up by animal control or a good citizen, but a lot of them are lost.   There is nothing more heart-wrenching than to see those missing posters on the sign posts.

Even with all these precautions, it is always a good idea to have your pet micro-chipped, just incase they still get out.  This is the best form of identification as it cannot be pulled off as a collar and tag can.

If you happen to find a lost pet…take them into any veterinary hospital and have them scanned for a microchip.  Nothing more rewarding than to reunite a pet with its family.

Stay Cool out there