Fourth of July is a fun time to gather with family and friends. For pets it can be a very stressful time. Every year when our family goes to see fireworks,people bring their dogs with them. One year when my family went to watch fireworks, as the fireworks began, a dog got scared and ran away. Our family along with others tried to find the dog. The dog was a year old black lab. After a few days, we found him. He was lucky, he ran across heavy traffic, a kind family picked him up. They found the tags on the dog and called the owner.
We want to thank our special guest Petco for sharing some simple ways to keep pets’safe.They have included some advice to help drastically reduce your pet’s stress and lower their risk of running away. Wishing everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July!
Help pets comfortably weather fireworks, considering the following:
• Create a quiet place so pets have a restful room or area to retreat to. Firecrackers, loud party voices and booming music can make pets anxious.
• Proactively attend Petco’s free Anxiety & Calming Seminar, which takes place at stores nationwide June 28-29, 2014 at 2 p.m.Pet parents will learn how to recognize their dog’s stress signals, learn techniques to help settle pets down and understand the importance of mental and physical exercise as ways to keep dogs calm.
• Be sure all pets, including indoor cats, wear current ID tags. Clear identification can be a pet’s ticket back home.
• Avoid taking pets to see fireworks. Secure all potential escape routes and leave them in a quiet, sheltered area. A television or radio left playing at a normal volume can be reassuring.
• If it is necessary to be outside with dogs during fireworks, make sure each dog is secure on a leash and harness. Frightened dogs commonly manage to slip out of their collars, and harnesses allow pet parents to stay in full control.
• Don’t leave dogs outside unattended. Even tethered pups will struggle to get away if startled by noise. Dogs who aren’t tethered may try to dig out of an enclosed yard.
• Comfort pets with their favorite toy or blanket. Also, Thundershirts will dramatically help reduce the fear dogs and cats may experience.
• Hire a pet-sitter for the day or evening or ask a friend who knows the pet well to pay a visit.
If bringing pets along for a July 4th road trip, consider the following precautions:
• Always think safety first. Traveling with an unrestrained pet is not only dangerous for the pet and driver, but for every car on the road. Keep the pet comfortably restrained with an auto safety harness or in a traveling crate at all times. Be sure to secure the crate inside the vehicle to prevent it from tipping over.
• Don’t allow dogs to stick their head out of open windows while driving.
• Give smaller dogs a boost up to enjoy a clear view of the journey with the Petco Booster Seat.
• Keep small animals safe by securing them in the vehicle in a proper carrier. The Caitec Perch N Go Bird Carrier and the Petco Pet Keeper for Small Animals both allow their passengers to be transported safely and comfortably while in the car and also acts as a safe habitat for them while they are out and about with their pet parent.
For more information on creating a safe and fun summer experience, please visit www.petco.com/summer
About Petco and the Petco Foundation
Petco is a leading pet specialty retailer that focuses on nurturing powerful relationships between people and pets. We do this by providing the products, services, advice and experiences that keep pets physically fit, mentally alert, socially engaged and emotionally happy. Everything we do is guided by our vision for Healthier Pets. Happier People. Better World. We operate more than 1,300 Petco locations across the U.S., Mexico and Puerto Rico, including more than 100 Unleashed by Petco locations, a smaller format neighborhood shop; 10 Pooch Hotel destinations for pet daycare, boarding and spa services; and petco.com.
The Petco Foundation, an independent nonprofit organization, has raised more than $125 million since it was created in 1999 to help promote and improve the welfare of companion animals. In conjunction with the Foundation, we work with and support thousands of local animal welfare groups across the country and, through in-store adoption events, help find homes for more than 400,000 animals every year.
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