There are many things to consider when preparing for the 4th of July.
How will your pet react to the loud thunderous booms?
How secure is your home?
Is your pet microchipped?
Some of you may already know and have used methods such as sedatives, loud music, or simply just staying home to offer comfort.
If you’re getting sedatives don’t wait until the last minute!
Normally if your pet has been seen by a vet within 6 months you should be able to just pick it up. Otherwise your pet may need an exam.
Consider the safety of your home. If your dog or cat gets scared will they be able to get out of a window or gate?
Please make sure all are secure. This is the time of year when so many pets get lost and shelters have to actually move pets to foster homes or other shelters etc. just to allow room for all of the lost dogs n cats.
Don’t let one of them be yours.
Take the time to both microchip AND UPDATE microchip information.
A microchip is not helpful with a different name or an old out of state address.
Have an ID tag on the collar.
The San Diego Humane Society offers discounted microchips on specific dates and times. **Microchips are the size of a grain of rice and can be administered like a vaccine at any vaccine clinic or any veterinary clinic.
For those with pets that will be experiencing it for the first time.
I recommend being home with them not only to know how to prepare for the following year, but to be there for your pet.
Our pets have no idea what is happening and will hopefully feel much safer with you there.
For lost dogs contact all Shelters within a 20 mile radius as soon as possible, and veterinary clinics. Post both paper and online flyers.
Contact services that offer help with locating pets or putting out lost dog alerts.
Get prepared ahead of time, and have a safe and happy 4th of July!