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Keeping Your Dog Calm During 4th of July Fireworks

American Independence Day is a time of national pride and celebration alongside friends and family, including our furry friends. One of the classic ways of celebrating the 4th of July—with fireworks—can also be a startling experience for your pup pal. To a sensitive pooch, the popping of the fireworks sounds like major explosions, the flashes are blindingly bright and the smoke that comes with it is irritating at first whiff. For these reasons, it’s best to leave him at home if you’re planning to go see fireworks during this busy summer holiday. If you do decide to bring Fido along for the fun, make sure you’re well prepared so you can all enjoy the festivities together.

Put a Tag on It
Did you know that more pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day? It’s true, and this fact alone should make you aware of how serious of an issue 4th of July safety is when it concerns your precious pup. In the event of a runaway case, make sure to equip your pup with updated ID tags and better yet, a microchip.

Give Off Good Vibes
You may not notice it, but your pup picks up on your emotions enough to know when you are stressed, excited, fearful, etc. Therefore, to keep your dog calm in a stressful situation, you must start by appearing calm yourself. Take a deep breath, slow down your movements and speak to your pup in a happy, relaxed tone. Your reaction to the situation will have an impact on your pup’s response to a slightly scary event.

Tire Him Out
Before the July 4th events, give your pup a nice, long walk to let out all his energy. By the time the festivities begin, he’ll be pooped, and therefore less likely to become excitable. If you’re lucky, he’ll nap right through the night!

Reduce Stimulation

If you and your pup are indoors for the night, which is recommended during 4th of July displays, but are still near enough the fireworks, your pup could still get startled. Reduce the noise level by closing all the doors and pulling down the blinds.

Provide Distractions

If the noise of the fireworks is loud enough to upset your pup, distract him from the sound by turning on the TV, playing some relaxing music or giving him his favorite toy. You may also be able to divert him with treats or a bone to chew on. Crate training your dog is also a helpful way to provide him comfort from a distressing situation in his own safe space.

Try a Thundershirt
Some people swear by Thundershirt to calm their agitated pup. By putting a Thundershirt on your dog before the fireworks start, he will feel greater peace of mind as the soft pressure from the vest helps to relax your pup. They also work great during thunderstorms, hence the product name.

As you celebrate America with patriotism this holiday, remember to keep the wellbeing of your precious pup in mind. With our tips at your disposal, both you and your pup can have a comfortable holiday celebration.

Preparing for Hurricane Season with Your Dog

In the United States, June 1 is flagged as the official start of hurricane season. If you live on the Gulf or Atlantic coasts, you likely already know this, but knowing and preparing for the season are two very different things.

Unfortunately, many people wait for the first storm to hit before they begin to prepare their things, as well as their pets. Avoid scrambling at the last minute when supplies in your local stores could be low, or transportation might be difficult. By following these tips, you’ll be adequately prepared and ease some of your fears ahead of the storm.

1. Prepare a Pet Emergency Kit and store it in a safe place that can be easily accessed and carried with you. Your dog’s kit should include at a minimum:

  • Medications and medical records stored in a waterproof container
  • First Aid Kit
  • Leash/harness or carrier to transport your dog safely
  • Current photo of your dog in case he gets lost
  •  Non-perishable food and drinkable water (enough for 5-7 days)
  • Information on feeding schedule, medical conditions, behavioral problems in case you have to foster or board your dog
  •  Contact information for veterinarian
  • Toys or bed (if easily transportable)

2. Tag and microchip your dog, so he can be easily found if lost in an emergency situation. His collar with tag should include his name as well as your name, home address and contact information. With microchip placement, any local veterinarian or shelter should be able to scan your dog’s information, which will make him easier to recover.

3. Locate a Safe Place to Take Your Dog if you have to leave your home. For example, health and safety regulations do not permit Red Cross shelters to allow pets (with the exception of service dogs). Whether it’s a pet-friendly hotel, a relative or friend who is able to take your dog in, or a local boarding facility or animal rescue, plan to arrange a safe shelter option so you know where to bring your dog in a disaster situation.

4. Consider using a rescue sticker in order to alert emergency workers that there is a dog inside your home that needs attention. The sticker should be placed in a window or area that’s highly visible to rescue workers and that it includes the number and type of pets in your household, as well as your vet’s contact information. If you must evacuate your home with your dog, be sure to either remove the sticker or write EVACUATED on it before you leave.

5. Stick to your plan once you have one. Chaos erupts when panic ensues. And panic typically arises out of confusion. To avoid confusion, once there is a plan in place, follow it and stay focused on your course of action.

Where's Fido? Prevent Your Pup Going Missing

A missing pup can wreak havoc on a family – the feelings of worry, guilt and panic all rolled into one.  Not to mention that a lost pup is at risk for injury, sickness or worse, death. To prevent your dog from getting lost, you should take all necessary measures to protect his safety.

Yet, even with the best precautions in place, sometimes bad things happen to good, responsible people.  There is always a chance of your pup getting away and therefore it’s important to know what to do in an emergency to increase the chances of finding your dog right away.

Keep Puppy’s ID Current

Make sure your puppy’s collar and tag is updated with all of your information on it. Even “indoors-only” pets must be equipped with ID tag which includes owner’s name, home address, mobile and home telephone numbers.

Microchip Your Puppy

The microchip embedding procedure may be costly, but it’ll be worth every cent you spend in the unfortunate case your dog goes missing. A microchip, smaller than the size of a grain of rice, is a permanent means of identification scannable by any veterinary hospital or animal shelter.

Do a Critical Search

Conduct a thorough investigation when looking for your missing pet. You may ask questions of the people who last saw your pet, take note of all the pertinent details and analyze the events to draw the most logical conclusions.

Make the Necessary Phone Calls

Call any family and all neighbors who may have come into recent contact with your dog. You should also call down your list of local shelters (both private and municipal), animal control centers or rescue groups to find out which dogs they recently took under custody and see if any are a match for your pup. It doesn’t hurt to also phone the local law enforcement and file a police report that your dog is missing.

Inform the Most Number of People

In this day and age, getting the word out about your lost pet can take just a few seconds of your time. Gone are the days of having to rely solely on creating “Missing Pet posters” and posting them to trees and lampposts within your neighborhood (although this tried and true method is still your best bet of communication given the fact that your neighbors are the most likely to have seen your dog). Now, you can post on your social media accounts and drive awareness via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat instantly to your entire social network so they too can keep their eyes peeled for Fido. It also doesn’t hurt to create a unique hashtag for your pet to help track any community-related posts (think #FindDaisyMae).

About Those Missing Pet Posters…

thumbnail-prevent-missingMake sure the headline of your poster, e.g., “LOST DOG” is written or typed in a large, clear font that’s readable even from a distance. Ideally, place your pet’s most recent photograph below the “LOST DOG” headline. List other details that are necessary for positively identifying your pet such as breed, color, sex, weight, age, and other distinguishing features and characteristics. Also, do not forget to place your name and phone number on the poster. Hit the Streets with the flyers in hand and post as soon as possible, not only in your neighborhood but also in local parks and runs, pet supply or grooming stores, offices of veterinarians and local establishments like schools, gas stations, laundry shops, bus stops, restaurants, cafes, convenience stores, and even grocery stores. Pay special attention to areas with high levels of foot traffic.

Stay Positive

And remember, while this can be an extremely stressful time, keep your mind focused on finding your dog. Try to avoid the “What Ifs,” and allocate all of your energy to taking the necessary steps above. Don’t lose hope and when you do find your dog, hug him tight and keep him on a tight leash (pun intended).