Did you know that there is a 30% increase in lost pets between July 4th-July 6th? In fact, July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters nationwide. Why? More pets run away on July 4th than on any other day of the year.
A whopping 7.6 million animals are lost each year. Of those 7.6 million, only 26% of dogs are returned to their owners. Over 35% of lost pets are euthanized annually.
The Fourth of July is a scary time for our furry friends. The thundering booms, bright flashing lights, and high pitched squeals of fireworks can send the bravest of dogs running. On the Fourth of July, pets need our help and reassurance to keep our pets safe and at ease.
What can you do to help your pet this Fourth of July? Read on to find out more!
1. Keep Them Active
Before the fireworks begin, keep your dogs active by making sure they get plenty of exercise during the day. If you wear out your dogs during the day, chances are they’ll be too tired to want to do anything else but sleep.
2. Create A Safe Space
Make sure that your pet has a safe space that they can retreat to if things get too overwhelming for them. They can retreat to either their crate or bed and simply check on them every few hours.
3. Keep Them Inside
Not only should you keep your pets indoors during the Fourth, but you should lower the blinds and close the windows to minimize the sights and sounds of the fireworks.
4. Keep Their Collar On
It’s no secret that your pet should always have their ID tag on their collars. If you want to find your dog faster, than waiting for someone to scan their microchip or read the tag, it might be beneficial to get them a GPS tracking collar such as the LINK AKC Smart Dog Collar. By using a GPS tracking collar, you’ll be able to look up their exact location directly from your phone.
Those are my 4 Tips for Millennial Pet Parents This Fourth of July. If you’re looking for more pet tips, continue to follow this blog or you can follow my cousin’s blog Blogging for Becca.
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