4th of July Considerations

Top 5 Independence Day Tips and Reminders

Please remember we have special hours around the 4th of July:

Friday, July 1 – 7am to 5pm – DC by reservation only

Saturday & Sunday, July 2 & 3 – Drop-off 8am-9am & Pick-up 3pm-5pm – DC reservations requested

Monday, July 4th – CLOSED TO PUBLIC

Tuesday, July 5th – Late opening – 8AM.  We are caring for all of our guests early in the morning.

Here are the Top 5 tips I can offer to making Independence day bearable for your pup.

  1. Keep your pet away from fireworks:

Our pups are very sensitive to loud noises, flashing lights and strong smells, so on the Fourth of July (and the days around it when people are likely to set off fireworks), it’s best to leave your pets safely indoors, with something distracting or in a safe place.  For the dogs staying with us, we will turn up the radio to hide jarring noises in combination with our thick walls and well insulated, noise blocking roof.

  1. Be sure to exercise your pup

A nice walk during the day or a trip out to a dog park is a great way to celebrate the holiday. You should probably take something cold to drink for you and your pup. J Ensure your best friend is tired prior to leaving them at home. Pooches is open on Saturday and Sunday for Daycare with drop-offs from 8am-9am and Pick-ups from 3pm to 5pm.  We are unfortunately closed to the public on July 4th as we are exercising our overnight guests in preparation for the evening celebrations. We will be back open on Tuesday at 8am.

  1. Safeguard your pet with a collar and I.D. tag

All pets, even those kept indoors full-time, should always wear collars with ID tags. Indoor-only pets can become so frightened during fireworks displays that they may take desperate measures to escape the noise, including breaking through window or door screens. It’s also a good idea to have your pet microchipped and be sure you have updated your contact info with the microchip provider.

If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately.

  1. Ask a veterinarian for help if you pup is totally terrified:

There are medications and techniques that might help alleviate your pet’s fear and anxiety. You can also try our suggestions for helping your dog cope with loud noises. If you are boarding your pup with us and have medications, be sure to bring them so we can administer them.

  1. Protect your pet from heat stroke during summer the party

High temperatures put your pet at risk of heat stroke, which can become deadly very quickly. Keep an eye on your pets and act immediately if you see any signs of heatstroke. Don’t forget that dogs enjoy A/C as much as we do, so it is best to keep them inside. If you are going to an Independence Day event and cannot leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control at all times.

Many Woofs,

Joe

 

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