Good morning and happy 4th of Independence Day to all of our friends in/from the USA!
We often think of the 4th of July as many things: a day off of work, a day with family and friends, a day of good food and fun with those we love the most. While those things are certainly true, we often overlook a few key aspects of Independence Day here in America that we here at Mid-Atlantic Safety & Supplies would like to point out. First and foremost we'd like to point out the real reason behind the celebration, which is independence from Great Britain. The holiday actually is in remembrance of the Declaration of Independence, which declared that the original thirteen colonies were no longer going to be under the rule of the British Monarchy. While this is often overlooked and obviously the most important aspect of this very special holiday, another thing a lot of Americans overlook is the safety and well-being of our furry friends. That's right, more pets get lost on the 4th of July than any other holiday in the United States by far. If we stop and think why this might be, the reasoning is very simple - fireworks. The loud, scary, colorful explosions we've all grown to love doesn't have the same effect on our dogs and cats. Pets can't comprehend why the sky outside is quiet all year-round and all of a sudden there are bright lights and explosions in the night sky where it's usually calm and dark. A lot of animals, especially those who have been rescued from shelters, tend to have deep underlying trust and anxiety problems, and when these things begin to happen around them that they're not familiar with, they could panic and be gone before you know it.
So before you just go celebrating this Independence Day with your friends and loved ones, think about your furry friends as well, because they cannot comprehend what is happening, and we would hate to lose them on a day that is supposed to be filled with celebration.
Here is a few things you can consider doing to prepare your pets for a wonderful night of fireworks and fun:
Make sure your animal is chipped - this is by far the easiest way to get your pet home safely after he or she runs away or is somehow lost.
Make sure they're comfortable and cool - we all know July is one of the hottest months of the year, and with Independence Day being mainly celebrated outdoors, make sure your pets are kept cool and distracted from the loud, boisterous celebrations going on around them. Make sure to keep plenty of cool water around for them to drink and plenty of shade for your pets to relax in.
Pay attention - this is probably the hardest one but the most simple tip of them all. Just make sure to remember through all of the fun that you brought your best friend along for the ride. If you have to, set a timer on your phone for every 20 minutes or so that will remind you to go talk to your pet, play with them for a minute, or offer them their favorite treat for being so well behaved around all the company over at your house or wherever you may be. Just acknowledging your pet immediately brings their spirits up and it keeps you aware of their situation.
After all is said and done, have fun but more importantly - BE SAFE!
We want to celebrate next year's Independence Day with you and your pets!
Happy Independence Day!