Does your pet have anxiety when it comes to loud noises? As we get closer to the 4th of July, it’s important to make sure that you’re taking the necessary steps to protect your pet. Please give us a call to discuss medication and supplements that can help your pet during a stressful holiday full of loud noises and bright lights. If you do not want to go the medication route, there are other precautions you can take. Prepare a safe and secure place for your pet to go during the fireworks. It should be an interior room in your home, and you should close all doors, windows, and window treatments. Play calming music in the room, and plug in a pheromone diffuser (Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats). Put your pet’s favorite toys and bedding in the room, and use a long-lasting treat, like a Kong toy with frozen peanut butter inside, as a distraction.

Did you know that the 4th of July has an extremely high rate of pets going missing from their homes? If you are having people over, be sure to make sure your pet is safe and secure inside the house, and that the guests know to close windows and doors when at all possible. If you have designated a safe room for your pet, ensure it’s secure so she can’t escape. Sometimes, determined pets are able to escape despite our best efforts. If this happens to your pet, a registered microchip with up-to-date contact information provides the greatest chance of her being reunited with you.

Is your pet microchipped? If yes, please make sure the information is up-to-date. If no, it’s essential that you schedule an appointment to get them microchipped. Why? One of every three pets will get lost in their lifetime! A microchip is the solution for a pet that is lost, or for a pet that is displaced due to a natural disaster such as a hurricane or tornado.

We wish you a very happy and healthy Independence Day, and we’re here to help make the day special for your family, both human and animal!

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