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Independence Day celebrations are fun for people but most pets are downright terrified of all the sights and sounds of the holiday. There are things we can do to help make this holiday a bit easier for our furry friends.

Plan ahead!

  • Have an ID tag with your cell phone number and a registered microchip so that if your pet gets lost you are more likely to be quickly reunited.
  • Desensitize them to loud noises with positive reinforcement (this is a slow process-do not start the day before.) Never punish them for being fearful or you can make things worse.
  • Speak with your veterinarian about sedatives if your pet has a history of anxiety with fireworks. Your pet may need to be seen in order to get a prescription medication so call early enough to get an appointment if needed.
  • There are calming pheromones that can help alleviate anxiety in the form of collars, sprays and diffusers.
  • On the holiday:

  • Keep your pets indoors at home

  • Keep lights on with white noise in the background (radio, TV, even a fan)
  • If your pet is used to being crated this can offer a sense of security
  • Take your pet for a drive to a remote, quiet location
  • If they become lost:

  • First check your neighborhood and put up signs
  • Contact your local veterinarians and animal control
  • Place lost pet ads online (Facebook, Craig's List, Nextdoor) and also check the found pet ads
  • Hopefully with a little planning this can be an enjoyable.

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