Listen: Dawn Foster, Communications and Marketing Director, Sacramento SPCA
July 4th is just around the corner, and you know what that means: holiday festivities, gathering with friends and family, fireworks, and scared pets. Though these celebrations are fun for us, this time of year can be especially frightening for our furry friends. It's also the busiest holiday for lost pets.
Help prepare your pets and keep them safe and calm before and during the celebrations.
What you can do NOW:
- Make sure pets are microchipped and all chip registration information is up to date. Need a microchip? Grab the next available appointment at the Sacramento SPCA.
- Ensure pets are wearing a properly fitting collar and ID tags with your contact information. ID tags can easily be made at one of your local pet supply stores.
- Make an appointment with your veterinarian TODAY to refill your pet’s anxiety medication before July 1st.
What you can do days before and after JULY 4TH:
- Bring pets indoors and provide a safe space for them to retreat with their favorite toys, blankets, and plenty of water.
- Provide plenty of exercise or playtime earlier in the day - this will help them stay calm in the evening.
- During peak firework hours, add ambient noise to your pet's indoor retreat (tv, music, fan, or A/C) to drown out the loud pops, bangs, and booms happening outside.