The 4th of July is just around the corner — are you excited for barbecues and fireworks?
Well, did you know that between July 4th and 6th every year, there are 30-60% more lost pets than any other day of the year? Guess why…
Fireworks! The loud noises and festivities of the 4th of July can spook pets into running away, and could also really stress them out. First, take a quick look at our 4th of July Safety Kit for Pets for tips on calming products and more to make the day as fun for your pet as it is for you.
Next, take our crash course on how to make sure you and your pet end up together again if they get lost:
Microchips – These small bits of hardware may put you off at first (A thing inside my pet?!) but they’re completely safe and have in fact saved pet lives. PetAmber Alert, a lost pets database and finder system, reports that “only 14% of lost pets are returned to their owners, according to nationwide statistics. And worse, 30-60% of lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be properly identified and returned to their owners.”
Welcome your pet into the twenty-first century and get them microchipped. Then you can register your pet with a microchip registry such as Petlink or the Found Animals Microchip Registry. If someone finds your pet, they can find you via these sites, or the AHAA Universal Pet Microchip Lookup.
Stay tuned for tips on how to keep your pet safely at home this 4th of July.