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5 Pet Safety Tips For 4th of July

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The 4th of July is a time of celebration! Between grilling on the BBQ, festive neighborhood parades and the after-dark firework shows, this time of year is a blast. By following the tips below, you can help ensure that you and your pet have a safe and fun-filled 4th of July.

1. Leave pets in a safe zone. The loud noise of fireworks can startle your cat or dog, so keep your pet inside your home or a place where they can feel comfortable. Book their stay at Best Friends, and we’ll be sure they have a safe, comfortable and fun stay with us! If you have to leave them at home, we suggest a frozen Kong stuffed with peanut butter or treats, accompanied by some soft music and plenty of water to help ease the nerves of your furry friend. Here are a few other tips to keep your pet entertained while you’re away.

Dog at a picnic 2. Although we sometimes like sneaking our pets dinner scraps here and there, be mindful that some human food can be harmful to your pet. Chocolate, beer, corn-on-the-cob, onions, grapes, garlic, avocado, and raisins are all hazardous foods for dogs and cats. Here is a full list of human foods you should not feed your pets.

Puppy at the vet

3. Only apply sunscreenbug repellent to your pet if you’ve consulted with your veterinarian about certain pet-friendly products. What is safe for a human to use could be harmful to your pet.

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4. Charcoal, glow sticks, sparklers and fireworks can be harmful or even toxic to pets. Be sure to keep your pet away from such items. If your pet does ingest or is injured by any of those items, call your emergency veterinarian immediately.

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5. Did you know that more pets go missing on 4th of July than any other day of the year? Ensuring your pet has up-to-date identification (ID tags and microchip) may be the best way t­o retrieve your pet should they manage to escape during the holiday festivities. If your pet does go missing, follow these steps to help bring your furry friend back home.

 

For any questions, please consult your local veterinarian.

 

Share your photos and videos with us! Did you score a video of Sparky catching a fly ball while jumping into the pool? Did you snap a cute photo of Fluffy in a sleeping slumber? Send your best photos and videos of your pets to marketing@bestfriends.net for a chance to be featured.

 

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Four Travel Tips for You and Your Pet

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Spring has sprung and so has the travel season. If you are planning a trip this spring or beyond, here are some quick Best Friend’s tips on traveling with your pet this vacation season.

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Tip 1: Make Sure Your Pet is Up to Date on Vaccines.

Look up pet laws for the location you are traveling to. Many states and countries have different requirements on what your pet should be vaccinated on. Be sure to also look into the potential health hazards a pet may come across as fleas, ticks, and other pests can vary by region.

Many hotels require pets to be up to date on vaccines and have had a recent check up by a veterinarian within the last year. Be sure to carry paperwork of your pet’s medical records in case these are needed during your pets stay. Best Friend’s has excellent guidelines on what to have on hand when you check your pet in with us. Feel free to use our Disney location’s requirements as a checklist on what your pet should be up to date on when traveling.

 

Tip 2: Microchip Your Fur Baby. 

When visiting a veterinarian, make sure your pet’s medical records are up to date and be sure to get your pet microchipped as well. Things can happen that are beyond our control while traveling. Microchipping is an easy way to locate your pet if they wander off or get lost while traveling.

Tip 3: Pack for Your Pet as If You are Packing for Yourself.

When packing for your fur baby, be sure to think of what is essential for them to enjoy the trip. Water, food, treats, toys, and any supplements they require. We recommend treating them with Flea & Tick medication before traveling to wooded areas. Make sure you pack items that will help your pet relax and enjoy their vacation with you.

Tip 4: Check if Your Pet Has an Anxiety Towards Traveling.

Have you traveled with your fur baby before? If not, we suggest taking your pet for a few short car rides around town a few weeks leading up to the trip. If your fur baby shows nausea or signs of anxiety such as whimpering during the car ride, you may want to consult your veterinarian for treatment. They may be able to recommend medication or training that can make the trip easier on your pet. You may also want to consider a stay-cation at your nearest Best Friends Pet Hotel location.

 

We hope these four tips will help you in planning your next trip with your pet this spring! Let us know in the comments below any tips you have when traveling with your pets. Happy travels!

 

Are you planning a trip this spring season and are a new customer to Best Friends? Remember, your first night with us is FREE! Click here for more details. *Offer not valid at Florida locations.


Tags: Cats, Dogs, Pet travel, Pets, Traveling with Pets

Earth Day 2017: 3 Quick Tips To Decrease Your Pet’s Carbon Pawprint

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It’s Earth Day and we thought it would be great to give you three quick tips on how you can reduce your pet’s carbon pawprint.

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