Protect Your Pets This Fourth of July

 

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Who doesn’t love Fourth of July and summer fireworks? Your pet might not. Dogs, cats and other animals can get spooked easily by the loud bang of fireworks, and it’s our job to do whatever we can to help keep them safe. Animals may get scared or confused when the unexpected bang occurs, causing them to run away in fright, or otherwise injure themselves out of fear.

Here are some tips to help keep our animal friends safe during the Fourth of July and summer fireworks:

  1. Give pets a safe environment from the loud noises. Dogs often like to be in a small space when they feel frightened, such as their crate or dog bed. Cats routinely hide in closets or under beds during fireworks. Make sure you know where your furry friends are before and after the fireworks display.
  2. In or outdoors, avoid leaving pets alone during fireworks. If you must leave pets alone, make sure all windows and doors are securely shut. Familiar noises like the T.V., a fan or the air conditioner can help lessen the stress of the loud noises.
  3. If your pet seems scared, avoid punishment and speak calmly and cheerfully. Give pets a distraction from the loud booms with a KONG®toy full of treats. At Purr’n Pooch we fill the toy up with treats then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer. Pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter then get to the treat. Specific treats are made for pet relaxation. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations, we have Pet Naturals Vermont Calming Treats for all kinds of pets (a full supply of calming treats will be available June 15). All Natural Bully Sticks  are a good alternative.
  4. Gentle pressure can help relieve anxiety. If a furry friend feels stressed, a wrap fastened around the midsection can calm the nervous system through a hug-like pressure. We suggest using Thundershirt, available at both Purr’n Pooch locations in sizes XS, S, M, L, and XL.
  5. Don’t forget about the ears. Our pets are sensitive to loud noises just like us, and Mutt MuffsHearing Protection for dogs is a great way to protect hearing. The muffs are comfortable, lightweight and come with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for the highest level of comfort. Make sure to supervise your pooch while the muffs are on.
  6. ID your pet. Make sure all your pets have an ID tag or microchip so they can be returned to your loving home if they escape.
  7. Educate yourself. Make sure you know when your community and surrounding area is having fireworks displays so you can be prepared to protect your pets.

Here is a list of popular Jersey Shore fireworks displays:

  • Atlantic Highlands Fireworks: July 1 at 9:45 p.m.

  • Manasquan Fireworks: July 1 at dark

  • Atlantic City Fireworks: July 3 & 4 at 9:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

  •  Bradley Beach Fireworks Display: July 3 at 9 p.m.

  • Ocean Township Fireworks: July 3 at dark

  • Asbury Park Independence Day Fireworks: July 4 at dusk

  •  LBI Fireworks: July 4 at dusk

  • Long Branch NJ Oceanfest & Fireworks: July 4 at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Ocean City Fireworks: July 4 at dark

  • Point Pleasant Fireworks at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk: July 4 at dark

  • Sea Isle City Independence Day Concert & Fireworks: July 4 at 7:30 p.m.

  •  Seaside Heights Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza: July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

  • Wildwood 4th of July: July 4 at 10 p.m.

    Weekly Displays:

  •  Seaside Heights: Every Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. in July and August

  •    Point Pleasant Beach: Every Thursday night at dark in July and August

  •  Wildwood: Every Friday night at 10 p.m. in July and August

From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. Remember to take care of our furry friends so we can all be safe and enjoy the summer.

Five Ways to Keep Pets Safe During Fireworks

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For many pets, fireworks can be very scary – the noise, smell and bright, flashing lights can bring on severe anxiety and fear in many dogs and cats. And today fireworks are held at various times of the year with little or no warning for pets and their owners. Left unsupervised, your dog or cat can become disorientated and possibly escape from the house or yard seeking safety only to end up hurt or lost for hours, or even days. If your pet does not have a microchip or identification of any kind on his body, he could even be lost forever. It’s important that as pet owners, we take precautions to ensure our pet’s safety.
Purr’n Pooch offers the following five tips to help keep your pet safe and secure during the big booms of summer fireworks:
1. Provide a safe place for your pet to seek refuge from the noise. Many dogs prefer a small den-like place, such as their crate or bed to rest if they feel frightened or stressed. Cats have hiding down to a science, so you’ll probably find your friend safely and snuggly hiding in a closet or under your bed during the fireworks. Before the fireworks begin, make sure that all your pets are accounted for and protected inside your home before the celebration begins.
2. Avoid leaving your pet alone, in or outdoors, when fireworks are set off nearby. If you must leave your pet home alone, make sure he is left indoors with all windows and doors securely closed and locked. The soft, familiar sounds of an air conditioner, kitchen vent, radio or t.v., if left on while not home, will help to lessen the intensity of the loud booms depending how far you are located from the attraction.
3. Never punish or yell at your pet if he seems alarmed. Instead, act normal and relaxed. Speak calmly and cheerfully to him and try to distract him with toys and treats. You can give him a KONG toy stuffed with treats and let him figure out how to get them out. At Purr’n Pooch we fill a KONG toy with treats, then seal it up with peanut butter and put it in the freezer to chill, then later our pups love to lick the frozen peanut butter and try to get the treats out. Certain kinds of treats can also relax pets. At both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations we have Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming Treats for all different size pets. We also have Churpi Chews, which are all-natural, long lasting products.
4. Apply gentle pressure to your pet’s body to help relieve anxiety. A wrap fastened firmly around his midsection will calm his nervous system through application of a gentle hug-like pressure. We recommend using Thundershirt, which is available at both Purr’n Pooch retail store locations in sizes XS, S, M, L and XL.
5. Protect your pet’s hearing with earmuffs. Mutt Muffs Hearing Protection for Dogs are comfortable and lightweight with adjustable straps and wide, foam-filled ear seals for maximum comfort. Make sure however that you dog is  supervised while wearing them.
From all of us at Purr’n Pooch, we wish you a very happy and safe Fourth of July together, pets and people. The Jersey Shore has so many fun activities to offer and although fireworks may be exciting for people across the region, we must remember that the Fourth and other fireworks celebrations throughout the summer are fearful times for pets. Take precautions, be safe, and enjoy.