Every summer I think about the safety of our pets. As temperatures rise and we spend more time outdoors pets are at a higher risk of escaping the safety of their home, getting hurt, or worse.
To keep pets safe the ASPCA created July 1st as ID Your Pet Day. ID Your Pet Day is a holiday to raise awareness about the importance of ID tagging your pet. This special holiday is particularly timely because July 4th is a time when many pets go missing when pet owners are busy with fireworks and outdoor activities.
To spread the word about this important day the ASPCA designed this infographic seen above, along with three tips to keep your pets safe:
- · A personalized ID tag is the best way to increase the likelihood your pet returning home. Make sure your pet is fitted with a collar and ID tag that includes your name and phone number.
- · Implanted microchips can serve as an important security measure to ensure that a pet is returned home in the case of a lost collar and ID tag.
- · Download the ASPCA Pet Safety App to access personalized instructions on how to search for a lost animal in a variety of circumstances: ASPCAapp.org.
- The heat of the summer affects pets. It can be deadly for them if left in a car with no open windows. The best thing to do is leave your pet at home when running errands. Cars heat up fast and can affect your pet quickly.
- Also consider the hot temperatures of paved sidewalks and driveways and how they feel on the paws of your pets. OUCH! Please consider alternate paths.
- Our pets can’t speak for themselves so please treat them with the love, kindness and respect they deserve.
Here are a few important infographics from petfinder.com with helpful tips for pet owners:
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Happy July 4th to you and your pet(s)! I hope you all enjoy a safe and happy one.
Disclosure: I received no compensation for this post. One lucky winner will receive the summer gift pack donated by the ASPCA. All opinions expressed are, as always, completely my own.