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More Pets Go Missing on the Fourth of July than Any Other Day. Are You Prepared?

Loud noises from fireworks and crowds of people usually do not make for a good day for your pet. Follow these simple tips so you and your pet can enjoy the holiday.

  1. Be sure your pet is wearing an up-to-date tag on their collar so if they should run away; people will easily be able to reach you. Collars can come off easily. It is recommended that you also microchip your pet.
  1. Make sure you have current photos of your pet for identification purposes at local shelters or veterinarian offices.
  1. If you are going to have people over, let your guests know you have a pet and to use caution when going in and out of your home.
  1. Before the festivities begin, play with your pet to help put them at ease. Then put your pet in a safe place during fireworks with toys and bedding they are familiar with. If they have known sensitivity to loud noises, you might consider playing mellow music too.
  1. Always keep your pets away from fireworks. Loud noises can easily scare them and cause them to bolt. Don’t risk this.
  1. If your pet is extremely anxious, consult your veterinarian about giving them a mild sedative during the festivities

Why Microchip Your Pet?

It is a good idea to microchip your pet. Some pet owners worry that this is a painful procedure. This is a misconception. A veterinarian uses a hypodermic needle to implant the microchip. The microchip is about the size of a grain of rice. What your pet feels is similar to the pain experienced when receiving a vaccination shot. The benefit of a microchip is that if your pet is found and taken to a shelter or a veterinarian, they can easily scan your pet and match them back up with you. The microchip is not a GPS tracking device.  A pet can only be matched back with their owner if the owner has registered their pet with the microchip company and if the pet is found and taken to either a shelter or veterinarian office that can perform the scan.

Dr. Alex of Pet Xpert Animal Clinic offers microchips for your pet. Call today to schedule your appointment at 407-886-PETS(7387) to ensure that your pet is safe this Fourth of July!