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Firework displays become much more common in the summertime, especially around the Fourth of July. For humans, it may be one of the best parts of Independence Day, but your four-legged friends probably do not feel the same way. Here are some helpful tips and ideas to keep your furry friends as comfortable as possible for the national holiday:

  • Make sure to walk your pup earlier in the day to avoid being outside when the fireworks are likely to be set off.
  • Close the curtains or blinds to help muffle out the sound of the firecrackers.
  • Create a small and quiet space where your pet can retreat to such as a crate (only if they are comfortable in one). Placing treats such as a frozen kong with peanut butter to snack on or giving them their favorite toys in their safe place will distract them and help take their mind off of the loud noises.
  • The month of July, more specifically around July 4th, the number of pets that go missing increase drastically. The loud noises and flashes of light spook pets and they flee in order to get away from the area. One of the most important ways to keep your dog safe during Independence Day is to make sure your pup’s collar is up to date with proper identification tags equipped with your pet’s name, phone number, and address.
  • If you can, stay home with your pets on the Fourth. Having your furry friends by your side is the best way to provide comfort.

More pets are lost on the fourth of July than any other holiday. Wherever you plan to celebrate, make sure to keep your pup at home or secured on a leash. Plan ahead by refilling any anxiety medications you may need by contacting Oceanside Veterinary Clinic at 843-797-7574 today!

A heads up for this summer if you do plan to take your pup to the beach, dogs are not allowed on Folly Beach from May 1st through September 30 between 10 am and 6 pm.

 

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