By Robert Mueller, B. Pharm.
No one likes to be left alone at home – especially such an important member of the family…but in this case it just might be the smartest thing to do for everyone!
Think about it for a minute…no matter how smart and clever your animal is…they simply don’t understand what’s going on when the fireworks begin exploding with sudden and unpredictable bursts of loud noise. It can be terribly frightening and send your dog into a tizzy – and even worst cause unnecessary anxiety and trauma. No matter how happy and good-natured your pet usually is…things can change dramatically when the fireworks begin.
So what’s the solution?
Leave Your Pet At Home
Well for sure the easiest and most logical thing to do is leave your pet at home if you’re off to celebrate the fourth in another location. Dogs love the security of their own home…so make sure you take care of all the basics with plenty of fresh water and his or her familiar bed available. Leave the television or radio on to keep him comfortable and make sure the house or pet area is secure. More dogs go missing on the Fourth of July than any other time of the year…so check again to make sure there is no way your pet can escape from the home or an outdoor enclosure.
Taking Your Pet Along
If your pet is not frightened by loud noises or crowds and you decide to take him to the celebration with you, then naturally it’s best to keep them on a leash and close by at all times. It goes without saying (we hope) that your identification tags are all current just in case you are separated during the event. Never let your dog loose – or take him anywhere near the fireworks –no matter how small the fireworks may appear to you. Remember – he has no idea what is going on except for sudden and inexplicable very loud bursts or noise and light. Be sure to bring along some treats and a flashlight.
If You Get Separated…
Begin a quick search of the area and don’t hesitate to ask others if they have seen your pet. People are generally very nice and will help you in your search. If you are in a public location go back and check in the area where you parked the car, calling out your pet’s name. If your pet is still missing begin to call local animal shelters and the animal control facility as well as vets. They may already have your pet. And don’t forget social media – like Facebook and Twitter to spread the word about your lost dog or pet. If you’re not familiar with these then ask a younger friend or family member to do it for you.
To avoid the possibility of losing or stressing out your pet…why not just leave them at home this year if you’re only going to be away a few hours? Sometimes this can be the smartest thing to do!
Have a great 4th of July and remember to celebrate with intelligence and care…always keeping the safety and happiness of your pet in mind.
Robert Mueller, BSc, Pharm. is a registered pharmacist, author of “Living Enzymes: The World’s Best Kept Pet Food Secret”, and co-developer of BARF World’s BARF diets patties, nuggets and supplements – the first company to make the Biologically Appropriate Raw Foods (BARF) diet conveniently available to animals everywhere. To receive more articles like these in your email inbox,click here to sign up for “The Intelligent Pet” weekly e-zine absolutely FREE!