4th of July pet safety tips from Michelson Found Animals Foundation

While the 4th of July may look different this year, some areas are still planning firework displays. That means celebrations for many people, and scary situations for many dogs.  According to a new survey* by Los Angeles-based non-profit Michelson Found Animals Foundation (who operates Adopt & Shop in Culver City):

61% of pets are scared of fireworks

23% of pet parents have skipped festivities to take care of their dogs

Even more concerning is that according to the survey, 10% of pets have gotten lost on the 4th of July.

In fact, July 5 is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters, which fill up quickly with animals who panic and flee the bright lights and loud noises of holiday celebrations. Make July 4 a more pet-riotic holiday by following these steps for a stress-free day for both you and your pet from Michelson Found Animals, which created the first, free national microchip registry to help keep your pup safe.

Be Prepared. The Fourth is a great annual reminder to be prepared in case your pet escapes or gets lost. There are three key steps to follow to increase the safe return of your pet:

Make sure your pet is wearing an ID tag with the correct information

Make sure your pet is microchipped.

Double check that your pet’s microchip is registered and contains the correct name and your current phone number and address, otherwise there’s no easy way to reach you if they’re found! If your pet is chipped but not registered, you can register for free here.

Create a safe space before the fun begins. Bring your pet indoors or put them in a cozy spot well ahead of the first boom of fireworks. Create a safe, escape-proof space in your home. Lower the blinds, close the windows, provide a bed or crate where they feel comfortable, offer a special chew or toy to distract them and turn on the TV or radio to help mask the noises outside.

Try a calming aid: If you’re worried about a pet that stresses easily, talk to your vet in advance about CBD and anti-anxiety treats, chews, drops or other remedies that can help your pet relax. There are plenty of prescription and homeopathic solutions out there that can help your pet get the extra dose of relaxation he or she needs.

Wrap them up. Confining movement in dogs and cats actually has a calming effect on them, which is why you might want to consider an anti-anxiety wrap or coat.  In a pinch, you can even create one from a scarf.

Check the Locks:  Make sure that your doors, gates and windows are all closed prior to the fireworks display. Not only will this help muzzle the loud sounds that frighten pets, but will help prevent an escape!