...And I'm one PAWtee Dawg...so this here blog is dog-dedicated to America.....Freedom......Red, White and Blue...and of course this birthday boy---MOI, Travelin' Jack!
Now, I'm thinkin'...there's no doggone better way to celebrate the 4th of July than to be on the set with Nikki Stanzione of "New Mexico Style". Yesterday, we dog-scussed the important safety things to do for your pet on the 4th of July...starting with NO FIREWORKS FOR FIDO!
So while YOU are celebratin' America's holiday---here are a few of Travelin' Jack's tips:
- Leave your pet at home indoors. Keeping your pets indoors is the safest thing you can do. Fireworks and other loud noises can terrify pets. Pets left outdoors and free-roaming can be frightened by the sound of fireworks, causing them to jump over or burrow under a fence and run frightened through the streets. They can get lost or even hit by a car. Keep windows and doors closed so that they cannot escape out through those areas either.
- Keep Noise level controlled for your pet. Easy things to do for your pet while you are away enjoying a fireworks display include turning on the TV, Radio, Fans and Air Conditioners. Providing sound gives your pet a sense of comfort.
- Consider stress reducing aids like the Thundershirt. The Thundershirt is a miraculous aid for stressful pets. While the Thundershirt has been used successfully for years with fearful dogs, they have just now introduced a new Thundershirt for the stressful cat too!
- Provide your pet with toys & favorite items. Favorite toys, a snuggly blanket....all help Fido feel less alone and ultimately more relaxed.
- Keep pets away from fireworks and dangerous items. Fireworks ingested by pets can be deadly. Other common potentially harmful items include Lighter Fluid, Matches, even glow-lights and glittery costumes can contain harmful ingredients.
- Make sure your pet is ID'd. Always have your pet ID'd, both with name tags and also a permanent chip or a tattoo. Collars can come off. A permanent ID can help a lost pet be tracked back to the owner.
- Have emergency contact info handy. Keep a list of 24 hour veterinary services. IF an emergency ccurrs....go directly to a Vet. Time can make a big difference.
- Never leave your pets unattended in a car. Even 10 minutes in an enclosed vehicle can be deadly to a pet. Heat rises much more quickly in an enclosed car than outside temps.
- DON'T take your pet to an event where it is not safe for him. Better to leave him at home.
- Hydrate your pet. Carry water and a drinking bowl with you at all times. Dogs need to be kept hydrated in hot temperatures. And DON'T provide or allow beer or alcohol be given to your pet! This is not healthy and it can be dangerous for your pet!
- Plan Non-Fireworks activities with your pets. Finally, there is nothing grander than an old fashioned picnic...and pets love to be included in a backyard BBQ....
AND if you are lucky enough to have a BIRTHDAY on the 4th....like me, you might just want to have a party at home! With that barked out loud......I am ready for MY birthday party NOW!
My own personalized cake and 'pet-i-fours' from my all time FAV bakery, Three Dog Bakery
(Hint: check out this rockin' new pet line called "Bret Michaels Pets Rock")
I'm ready...but where are the guests?
DONE! Now that was one grand birthday party if ya ask this pup! But I feel a birthday nap comin' on now....so I'll go rest in my crate while you head out to the fireworks Peeps!
Happy 4th of July!
Doggie Hugs & Slurpy Kisses!