Pet Safety on July 4th

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With the current situation around COVID-19, this 4th of July will be very different for many of us. But what won’t be different is the use of fireworks. And for many animals, especially dogs and livestock, fireworks are stress-inducing and can be very scary. To ensure that your pet is safe on the 4th and the days around it (with the 4th on Saturday many communities will have a LOT of fireworks activity throughout the weekend), please consider the following ways to keep your pets safe:

  • Make sure your pet has an ID tag on with your current information (a microchip registered to you is even better)
  • Make sure you have a current picture of your pet
  • Try to exercise your pet/walk your dog earlier in the day before the fireworks start
  • Do not leave dogs or cats outside unattended after 6pm
  • Make sure your pet’s safe place is available, be it a crate or a cozy corner of a room
  • Check the perimeter of your yard and check your gates, and secure any compromised areas in case your dog gets scared and wants to bolt
  • During fireworks, take your dog out only on a leash in case she gets scared and wants to bolt.
  • Try playing calming music – play music, keep the TV on consider anti-anxiety meds
  • Hunker down – spend some quality time with your pets at home, cuddles, toys, treats and assurance should help!

Milo Point Richmond will be open for our regular hours on July 3rd, 4th and 5th. With the exception of puppies and kittens and those animals who can stay strictly inside, animals adopted on the 3rd or 4th will be picked up on July 5th. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!


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