Did you know that more dogs run off and get lost 4th of July week than an other time of the year?
I can tell you from first-hand experience that you have to be hyper-vigilant. Years ago on the 3rd of July, very late at night, my dogs wanted to go out. All was quiet, and I was on an island all by myself - no worries, right? Wrong! Not 10 seconds after letting my dogs out someone on the mainland started setting off fireworks.
My greyhound, Taz, shot right off the island and headed for shore. Sixteen hours later we finally found him; he had run flat-out all night...his paws were raw and he had so much muscle fatigue we had to carry him in and out to go to the bathroom for days.
It is crucial to be extra cautious of your pet's safety on holidays such as 4th of July. Here are some ways to keep your pet safe this year during the festivities:
The safest and best spot for your pet during the 4th of July festivities is indoors. If your pet is frightened by loud noises associated with the 4th keep them in a room where they are comfortable, try to block outside sight and sounds, turn on the TV, radio or soothing music on the stereo. My dog’s favorite spot during the 4th is the bathroom...it is the most insulated from outside noise.
Dogs with nose phobias can exhibit a number of behaviors which may include trembling, hiding, pacing, drooling, attempts to escape...including taking off or scratching at doors or even breaking a window.
If your dog is afraid of loud noises talk to your veterinarian. Recommendations may include pheromones, anti-anxiety wraps, medication or a consultation with a veterinary behaviorist.
As a safety feature your dog should have identification, a collar with tags and the ultimate backup a permanent ID through microchipping. Should your dog get scared, escape and run away...identification is key in reuniting you with your four footed companion.Robyn King, our Hospital Manager, has worked at Pet Street Station since its opening in 2000. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Animal Nutrition from Washington State University and a Master of Science in Animal Nutrition/Biochemistry from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks.