fourth of july

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Last-Minute Tips for Your Pet on the Fourth

Ok, so, hopefully for those on the East Coast, you’ve already had a few beers (and a few burgers), but right now the majority of the fireworks (both professional and amateur) are still a few hours away.

You’re ready, but are your pets? Shelters see a drastic uptick in strays on this day because so many dogs and cats are scared of fireworks — not to mention that having all your nieces and nephews going in and out of your house can mean that Brisket is down the block before you know he’s been let out…or that he’s already consumed half of someone’s vodka lemonade.

Keep them out of harm’s way! Here are some basic safety tips. Here are some tips specifically to keep them calm(er) during fireworks; and here are a few more. It’s too late in the game to get prescription sedatives or some of the recommendations, but most big box pet stores are still open, and if it’s imperative, you can pick up a Thundershirt or some Rescue Remedy. Make sure they’re wearing their collars and tags, too!

If your pet eats something it shouldn’t, click here for my handy guide to pet poisoning. And a final note: if your dog or cat gets loose, notify your neighbors and the police right away. If you find out tonight that he’s in a shelter, don’t scream or throw a tantrum– no amount of emotional fireworks will get your pet sprung before open of business tomorrow. Just be happy that they’re safe and secure.

Happy 4th to you and your pets!

Flashback Friday: Fun in the Sun

Over here in the U.S. of A., we are celebrating a three/four day weekend our liberation from the nasty British. It’s a long weekend of bar-b-ques, pool parties, fireworks, dranking and flag-waving. It’s also a weekend for blasting your hand off and setting fire to the backyard with the newly legalize fireworks and filming it hoping to win $100,000 on America’s Funniest Videos. For every professional fireworks show, there seem to be certain songs that must be played like The Battle Hymn of the Republic and The 1812 Overture, which is the finale song for 99.9% of the shows across America. Continue reading