As a pet owner, one of the scariest things can be to lose your pet. In fact, more pets get lost on July 4 than any other day of the year.
The Chuck Silcox Animal Care and Adoption Center is already at capacity and is caring for nearly 700 pets. Make sure your furry friend does not join them.
This year, the shelter staff reminds everyone to take a few extra steps to ensure pets are well protected during this long holiday period:
- Be sure your dog is wearing a visible ID tag on his or her collar at all times.
- If your pet is not microchipped, this might be a good time to get it done.
- Always have a current photo of your pet, just in case.
- Exercise your dog early in the day before parties begin. Make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash — people sometimes set off fireworks before dark.
- During cookouts and backyard parties, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames.
- Avoid an accident and keep charcoal, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks far from curious pets. Even when unlit, these can cause serious problems if a pet decides to chew them.
- Avoid upset stomachs by keeping “approved” pet treats on hand for guests who want to share a treat with your pet.
- Skip the fireworks. Play it safe and leave pets safely inside your home.