Event Safety – 4th of July
It’s almost time to celebrate the independence of our nation, and we can hardly wait for the festivities to begin! However, before we could light our first sparkler, we had to make sure that you and your pets are prepared for the upcoming event.
Whether you are bringing your pets along to celebrate with you, or you plan to leave them at home. There are a few things you need to consider in order to guarantee that you can enjoy the holiday with peace of mind;
- How your pet responds to loud noise.
Your pet’s hearing is likely much more acute than your own and can easily be damaged by the deafening noises associated with the festivities characteristic to the 4th of July. If your pet exhibits fear responses in reaction to loud noises, you may wish to reconsider either bringing them along or how you are planning to prepare your Fido or feline. Frightened animals have the ability to cause damage to themselves and their surroundings. If your animal is prone to destructive behavior, you may consider kenneling the animal for the duration of the event.
- Be sure to prioritize the health of your pet over your own enjoyment.
As it is common to indulge in alcoholic beverages on this holiday if you plan to bring your animal along be sure that you remain in a physical state where you are able to be attentive to their needs. Otherwise, it may be advisable that you seek out a capable pet sitter or leave them somewhere safe.
- Large crowds have the potential to frighten animals and often causes our pets to act in uncharacteristic ways. Being observant of how your pet reacts to stress can help you prepare for and prevent situations that may leave you and your animal frazzled.
- Animals often react to loud noise by running, which is why the 4th of July is one of the highest intake days for shelters. For this reason, it is important to make sure that your animal is wearing updated identification tags in the event that they bolt.
- Last, but not least, the importance of making sure your animal is microchipped and has id tags. If your dog gets frightened and runs away, the best way to keep your pet safe and have peace of mind is making sure they are able to be identified.
Don’t forget about your Fido or feline in the excitement of this holiday. Remember that just because the firework display gets your blood rushing, that doesn’t mean that it’s a mutual feeling for your pet.