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4th of July With Pets: Your Survival Guide

4th of July With Your Pet in Anaheim Hills

Many pet owners dread the annual return of Independence Day. The sudden shock of exploding fireworks makes many pets upset, shiver and shake, and run for cover. It can be a daunting time for pets. At Sunrise Pet Hospital in Anaheim Hills, we know how stressful the 4th of July holiday for pets. Here is a look at some of the ways you can make it easier for you and your pet during the celebrations.

Go on a Pet Holiday

Take a look around the area to determine if there's a nearby area that doesn't undergo fireworks shows and has pet-friendly lodging. The further away you get from a populated area, the less likely you are to encounter fireworks. It is a pet holiday for your animals since they don't have to deal with the explosions, and a holiday for you because it's peaceful.

Take Your Pet for Exercise

Wearing your pet down through exercise helps burn off their excess energy and can make them less reactive to noise. You do have to make sure to spend more time playing than you normally would to get your pet to feel tired. Lowering their stress and anxiety through vigorous play activities can get them to relax to a point that they do not care about the fireworks, and they may even sleep through the worst of the explosions.

Microchip Your Pet

Microchipping your pet increases the chances of you recovering your pet in the event your pet does manage to escape from your home. Animal control officers recover more lost pets in the days after the 4th and scan animals for a chip to determine ownership. When a pet has a microchip with your current information linked to it, you are more likely to get your pet back and save yourself from the worry of finding them.

Talk to the Veterinarian About Medications

On the surface, this sounds like the least desirable of pet ideas for the 4th of July. Unfortunately, some pets will not respond to non-medical attempts to keep them calm and become highly agitated once the fireworks begin. That agitation can cause them to engage in destructive behaviors that give them no relief. Anti-anxiety meds come in natural and prescription forms and help your pets relax to the point they are not affected by the fireworks.

Call Us for an Appointment With a Veterinarian and Learn How We Can Help You and Your Pets

At Sunrise Pet Hospital in Anaheim Hills, we have helped many pets and their owners get through the 4th of July and maintain their sanity. Contact us today to set up an appointment for an evaluation with a veterinarian and discuss different pet calming ideas and treatments that keep your pet from going crazy during the fireworks

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