The fireworks have already started popping! Please take precautions, as they will continue over the next several days... ✔Take your dog(s) for a walk before dusk. ✔Keep all pets indoors. Potty breaks need to be closely supervised with dogs on a leash at all times. ✔Close the curtains or blinds. Turn on the TV or radio to provide some distraction. ✔A quiet place, such as a carrier or crate, may provide your pet with a sense of security and comfort. Provide a special toy or bone for distraction. Consider using a Thundershirt or similar. https://www.k9ofmine.com/diy-thundershirt/ ✔Keep a collar and ID tags on your pet at ALL TIMES. Make sure tags have your current phone # and/or address. ✔Confirm your microchip company has your up-to-date contact info on file. Provide an emergency contact in case you cannot be reached. ✔Get your pet microchipped NOW if not yet done. It is **FREE** for all Travis County residents at the Austin Animal Center, 7201 Levander Loop, Austin 78702 (open 11 - 7 pm daily). **BUT you MUST REGISTER THE CHIP with www.HomeAgain.com for a one-time fee of $20 - AAC does not do that for you. ✔Be sure to also register all of your pets microchips for free on www.found.org, as a backup, but do NOT count on the free site to replace registering it with the chip manufacturer! ✔If you don't know your pets' chip numbers and can't find the records, you can always swing by any vet clinic for a full body scan, or ask the AL&FP Street Team for assistance.
Big thanks to Austin Lost and Found Pets longtime Admin and Pflugerville Lost and Found Pets Founder Kathy Muelker for compiling this excellent checklist for pet owners, pet sitters and people visiting homes with animals around July 4th & New Years.
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