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6 Parade Safety Tips for Pet Parents

When summer rolls around, many neighborhoods gather for fun-filled parades. When attending a parade with your dog or cat, it's important to prioritize their safety and well-being, as the events can be loud and stressful. Before you go, ensure your pet is microchipped & wearing proper identification with your current contact information. This will significantly increase the chances of being reunited with your family member if you get separated during the parade.

Here are some tips to keep your four-legged friend safe and comfortable so everyone can celebrate safely and happily.

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1. Consider leaving them at home (if possible)

Parades can be overwhelming because of large crowds, loud noises, and unfamiliar sights and smells. If your pet doesn't handle such situations well, it's best to leave them at home in a safe and secure environment. If it’s loud even at home, you can put on white noise to help drown out the outside noise.

2. Use a leash or carrier

If you bring your dog or cat to a parade, always keep them on a short leash in a harness or a secure carrier. This will prevent them from getting lost in the crowd.

3. Avoid loud noises

 Loud music, sirens, and fireworks are common at parades, and these noises can frighten your pets and cause stress or anxiety. Try to keep them away from areas where the noise levels are especially excessive.

4. Watch out for heat and dehydration

 It’s summer, so be mindful of your pet's comfort in hot and humid weather. Ensure they have access to shade and plenty of fresh water to avoid overheating or dehydration. And, be cautious of hot sidewalks, as it can burn their paws (consider paw balm or boots). If it is too hot outside for you it is too hot for your furry friend.

5. Beware of choking hazards

Parade grounds are often littered with food scraps, wrappers, and other potentially harmful debris. Keep an eye on your pets to ensure they don't consume anything that could be a choking hazard or cause gastrointestinal upset.

6. Avoid crowded areas

In densely crowded areas, it's easy for pets to become stressed or scared. Try to stay towards the edges of the crowd where there is more space, and be vigilant about your surroundings.

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Even with the best precautions, it's important to stay attentive to your pet at all times. Watch for signs of distress, discomfort, or fear, and if exhibited, we recommend removing them from the parade area.

Remember, each pet is unique, and some may handle parades better than others. You know your pet better than anyone, so use your best judgment and always prioritize your pet's safety and well-being.

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