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You may love fireworks, but your pet wants a nap

The 4th of July presents the perfect time to talk about noise sensitivity and anxiety in our pets.  Though this is not the only holiday where fireworks are common, it is the number one day for dogs to go missing in the United States.  Although fireworks are typically unavoidable, even in states where they are illegal, pets will inevitably be forced to endure at least one night of fireworks.  There are several things that you can do to help ease your pet’s fear, and keep them safe.

Leave your pets at home. Taking your dog with you to parties or parades is asking for trouble.  Not only do you risk illness if they eat unknown foods, but they may have an easier chance of escaping and running away.  Leaving your pet in the car is NEVER an option as they will overheat in as little as 10 minutes, which could prove fatal.

Have a safe place available.  Have a place for pets to hide either in a room or in a crate when loud noises such as fireworks, thunderstorms or parties are in the area.  In that room you may add some other relaxing sounds to help ease anxiety.  Leaving a TV or radio playing with soothing music can help distract nervous pets.  Feliway, CBD and Thundershirts are all natural ways to help cats and dogs with anxiety. You can give your pet Serenin Vet, our favorite all natural supplement safe for dogs and cats (https://animalnecessity.com/zoo-aquariums/zoo-aquarium-calming-aids/serenin-vet-dog-calming-aid.html) Or, your veterinarian can also prescribe your dog a safe sedative such as trazodone.

Keep pets indoors.  The safest place for pets is inside.  Even if you believe that your yard is escape proof, animals acting out of fear and instinct will go to incredible, and potentially dangerous lengths to escape to a place that they feel is safe.  I have seen dogs climb fences, break through windows and gates, and severely injure themselves when they were scared.  If you have no other option but to leave your dog outside, ensure that any hazards are removed, and the fence is secure.

Have proper identification.  Dogs, cats and livestock should all have up to date microchips and collars with identification tags on.  Cats and horses should be equipped with break-away collars as they are prone to get tangled in foliage and may choke. 

Take a current photo.  If your pet does escape, it’s important to have up to date photos of them to provide to neighbors, animal control and social media sites.

Make sure you schedule an appointment with your veterinarian this week to see if an anxiety medication or sedative would be of benefit to your cat or dog, or, try Serenin Vet, available at JPESC or online.

Jupiter Pet Emergency and Specialty Center’s emergency department will be open on July 4th, as well as every holiday, to assist you in the event of a holiday emergency.  

Feel free to contact us anytime with questions and availability at (561) 741-4041 Ext. 1, or jupiterpetemergency@gmail.com

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