Can you believe that the 4th of July holiday is right around the corner? Though in this tie of social distancing and quarantine, the celebrations may not be quite what they normally are. There are likely still going to be some bbq’s, fireworks, and some noise creating festivities.

 

A lot of people like to go to the park on the long weekend. It is a great way to spend the day outside and you know your dog loves it. This year, because of Covid-19, you will want to make sure to take some extra precautions. 

 

  1. Only gather in groups of 5- I know this is frustrating when we are all craving some socializing, especially on this holiday. But we are not out of the woods with Covid-19. Please stay safe and keep other people safe by only gathering in groups of 5.
  2. Wear a mask- Your pets don’t need to wear a mask but you do. If you are out in public, make sure to have a mask on. 
  3. DO NOT let people pet your dog.- Often in parks when people see your amazing dog they want to come over and pet it. Do not allow them to do this. It is possible to contract Covid-19 if an infected person pets your dog and then you pet your dog. Dog’s don’t like to social distance but this is a time when you really need to make sure they do,
  4. Keep your dog near you.- If you are in a park, make sure to keep a collar on your dog so you can quickly put them on a leash. You may even want to keep them on a long leash so you can make sure they are staying within your area and not visiting other families. 
  5. If you come in contact with someone else’s pet, or other people, make sure to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer. Covid-19 can spread from surface contact. 
  6. Keep your pets inside during the fireworks. There is never a time you want to have to search the streets for your dog if they got scared and ran away. But this year this applies even more. Make sure your dog has their microchip so if they do run away it is easier to rehome them.
  7. Get your vaccinations up to date.- It is always important to make sure your vaccinations are up to date but if you are taking your dog in public you don’t want to have to worry about things like catching Kennel Cough. Drop into our walk-in shot clinic and get your annual vaccines.  

 

Enjoy the 4th of July and make sure you stay safe.