PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — With July 4th happening this weekend, your pets are just a couple days away from their own unofficial holiday, National Panic Day.
The Preventive Vet, Dr. J joined AM Extra Wednesday to talk about easy measures to take to ensure your pet’s experience through the pops and booms goes as well as it can possibly go.
Dr. J says:
1.) Microchips for cats and dogs … every year July 5th is one of the busiest days in animal shelters all across the country
- Make sure your pets are microchipped — quick and easy process at your vet’s office, may already have been done at shelter if you adopted your pets (check your adoption paperwork or ask your vet to scan)
- Make sure you’ve registered the microchip — this is an important step that many people sadly overlook, register with the manufacturer of the chip and/or with another registry (like the Found Animals Registry by the Michelson Foundation: https://www.foundanimals.org/microchip-registry/owners/)
- Make sure your contact info is up-to-date — check on the registry and update if needed
2) Setting up your home and pets for success
- Make sure doors and windows are closed.
- Safe, comfortable (interior) room — make sure cats have a clean, accessible litter box in their safe room!
- White noise, music, TV, fan, a/c — to try and mask the noises.
- Blinds/curtains closed — to hide the sights/colors of the fireworks.
- Do walks with dogs earlier in the day.
- Do good play/training sessions with pets before nightfall — to help tire them out.
- Give cats and dogs interactive toys/feeding puzzles to distract them during fireworks and build positive associations.
- Use the medications, supplements, and other calming things you’ve planned (pheromones, anti-anxiety jackets, etc.)
3) In the “moment”
- It IS ok to snuggle, pet, and calm your pets with fireworks noise aversions. Contrary to what you may have heard, you can’t reinforce their fears and you may just make their world feel a little more secure.
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