While most people love fireworks on July 4th and New Year's Eve, the same can not be said for animals, so you PLEASE take extra care with your cat or dog tonight and tomorrow!
There are things you can do to protect your furry friends. They include:
·Microchip your pet – A collar with an up-to-date ID tag is important but it can be easily removed, so a microchip will give you a much better chance of being reunited with a lost animal.
·Use your pet ID tag wisely – Don’t waste space with a pet’s name, or your name and address. Instead, put as many phone numbers as you can on an ID, including area codes. You can also add the word Reward, for an incentive to return your animal.
·Talk to your vet about anti-anxiety meds – There are safe and effective meds to treat noise phobia in pets, make sure to pick some up before the holiday.
·Keep your pet secure at home – Don’t take your pet out on New Year's Eve, but if you must make sure they are on a leash. Once fireworks begin, bring them inside, pull the drapes so they are safe from the bright lights, and turn on “white noise” to help block out the sound. Music can help too, with classical music known to be calming. There are even playlists out there specifically designed to relax pets.
·Begin looking for escaped pets right away – Don’t waste any time if your pet escapes. Contact area shelters as soon as they open, and post information in online groups and community forums. Post flyers in your neighborhood, and check sheds, garages and other possible hiding places.
·Keep looking – Don’t give up hope if they aren’t found right away. Pets can be found weeks and months after being lost.
p.s. My sweet boy dog Kona hates fireworks so I have worked with a vet to get him some doggie meds. My girl dog Banjo literally couldn't care less! See their pics below.