4th of July Safety Kit for Your Pets Everything You and Your Pets Need This July 4th

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4th of July Safety Kit for Your Pets

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The Fourth of July is a great time, but for pets it can be scary. Fireworks, crowds, and doors left open can leads to pets running away or getting overly stressed out. Use this kit to keep your pet enjoying the day along with you.

Fireworks! Barbeque! Picnics! Independence Day is Awesome! Right? Well, not for everyone. For your canine and feline companions, this holiday can be one of the most stressful times of year. Everything about this holiday seems like it is at odds with our petโ€™s sensibilities.

While we may think 90 degrees is the perfect weather for relaxing outside, our furry friends may not agree. What we see as a spectacular display of lights, our pets only hear as frightening noise. What we appreciate as a time to get together with friends and family, certain pets may see as a parade of unusual faces. It could be the stress-cherry to top off of their already nerve-wracked sundae.

We here at PetCareRx know how pets feel about how we celebrate Americaโ€™s independence, and we aim to help you alleviate your cat or dogโ€™s anxiety. Here are a few products that might make you and your pet feel a little more comfortable.

Calming Pet Products

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Thundershirt for Dogs: This vest is like magic. Itโ€™s patented design applies a constant pressure that resembles a hug to help calm your dog down. Believed to release endorphins, this vest is sure to help your dog cope with all the โ€œbombs bursting in air.โ€

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AKC RenewTrients Clam & Relax: These little liver-flavored lifesavers are a great way to placate your panicky dog. Using a mixture of herbs and vitamins, these treats can make all the difference between your dog being a Nervous Nelly or cool as a cucumber.

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Richard's Organics Pet Calm: A 100% natural solution to scaredy cats. Use these drops to soothe your nervous cat during the loud bangs and booms of the fireworks. This remedy works best when you give it to your pet a while before the noise and hubub starts.

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Sentry Calming Collar for Cats and Dogs: A nice alternative to the aforementioned ingestibles, this collar goes around your cat or dogโ€™s neck and uses pheromones to keep your pet relaxed under pressure.  

Toys and Treats for Occupying Your Pets

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Kong Classic and Kong Cat Wubba: Keep your cat or dog from freaking out at the fireworks by keeping them preoccupied with a new toy. We all know that nothing gets their attention like a brand new squeaky chew toy, so why not use that infatuation to your advantage? Kong Classic even as a hideaway for inserting treats, to keep your dog engaged and having fun. After three minutes of batting around their new plaything, theyโ€™ll be saying โ€œFireworks? What fireworks?โ€

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Stella & Chewyโ€™s Carnivore Crunch Beef and Pet Greens Cat Treats: Less for the calming effect, treats made the list more to help keep Fido from jumping up on the picnic table and claiming a few links for himself. He smells special food cooking all day, itโ€™s a little cruel not to share the wealth. Give your pets a little something special they can call their own.

Essential Holiday Safety Kit Supplies

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Bamboo Pet Collapsible Silicone Bowl: If you are going to have your furry friend enjoy the festivities outdoors with you, take into account the fact that you most likely will have a cooler full of refreshments as well. Help your pet stay hydrated at the park with this specially designed travel bowl.

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ID Tags: If you plan to have your pet outside with you it is essential that they are all collared up and have up-to-date tags. With the chance that they might bolt when hearing the fireworks, it is good to know that they can be identified and safely returned home without much trouble. Better safe than sorry. You may also want to consider a microchip for your pet.

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Pet Suite Multi-Use Pet Kennel: Probably the most effective way to prevent a furry firework-related freakout, crating your pet is the favored option by many. Rather than trying to find ways to make your dog or cat feel safer around the sound of explosions, leave them at home where they feel most comfortable. But just in case the scary sounds are close enough to still cause your pet to freak out, or if they tend to get restless when left home alone, putting them in a crate for the duration of the evening may be the best thing.

And there you have it. Everything you need to keep your cats and dogs in good spirits this Independence Day. Enjoy the festivities and stay safe!

4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy on the Fourth of July

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The Fourth is right around the corner, and with it all the good times we have come to expect. Fireworks, barbecues, hanging out with friends and family -- Independence Day is certainly a celebration of what it means to be free.To most people, everything about the holiday seems like a great time, but to our furry friends, the Fourth can be a stress-filled occasion.Here are a few tips to keep your dog happy this Independence Day.

1. Food and Alcohol

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Odds are, your celebration is going to have some tasty treats and icy beverages. Food and drink are all well and good, but in terms of our pets, human foods are best  avoided. While a nibble off a hot dog or a burger probably wonโ€™t hurt them, anything with onions, garlic, chocolate, or alcohol should be kept well out of their reach.

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2. Crowds

crowdThe Fourth is a big outdoor party day, and if your dog is in attendance, the stress of being around so many people could start to wear on them. If your dog doesn't do well in crowds and you canโ€™t leave them at home, first make sure everyone at the party knows to give your dog a break. Second, you should plan to stay by their side the entire time, so if things do get out of hand, you are there to offer cuddles and a calming treat (or two).

3. Heat

summer-dogStaying outside all day in the sun is a perfect way to spend a holiday, but it is also a surefire way to dehydrate your dog. Imagine if you had to run around in a fur coat all day! To help your dog beat the heat, keep a steady supply of water on hand. And, if you can, try to find a shady spot for them to recharge their battery.RELATED STORY: 7 Unsuspected Pet Dangers of Summer

4. Fireworks

fireworksFIREWORKS! Everyoneโ€™s favorite part of the holiday -- except for our pooches. The loud noises and dense crowds are essentially a perfect storm for an anxiety attack. The best way to avoid this is simple: leave your dog at home!But if that is not possible, try to stay on the outskirts of the viewing area, making it possible to beat a quick retreat if it seems like Fido canโ€™t take all the excitement. Stay by their side, pet them for reassurance, bring a toy to distract them -- anything you can do to take their mind off the explosions. And, again, calming treats could be a life saver.RELATED STORY: 4th of July Safety Kit for PetsTo keep your pet safe and healthy, sign up for PetPlus. PetPlus is a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more. Learn more at PetPlus.com.

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