Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets
From a Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society press release:
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society recommends the following precautions to make Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations safe, calm, and cool for our four-legged friends.
*During the holiday celebrations, keep animals away from the fireworks and in a cool, quiet room. The room should have secure doors and windows: some dogs will jump through screens to get away from the noise.
*If pets are outside, they should be on a leash and have proper identification.
*Be careful if taking your four-legged family member to the beach or on a picnic. Animals should always have access to shade, properly ventilated shelter, and fresh water as they can become dehydrated quickly. Hot sand can burn sensitive paws.
*Not all backyard chefs utilize the traditional barbeque. Pets can be badly burned in pit fires and camp fires. Do not allow your animal near any open flames.
*Foil, plastic wrap, and string may help chefs with food prep but can be dangerous if ingested. Keep out of pet’s reach and dispose used items in tightly covered trash bin.
*Speak with guests about what your pet can and cannot eat. Several foods to avoid include fatty sausages (pancreatitis), chocolate from s’mores (chocolate toxicity), and mushrooms (mushroom toxicity can prove fatal to certain dog breeds).
*Securely place all trash in garbage bins to prevent your pet from eating tasty “leftovers” including corn cobs and bones which can become lodged in the esophagus or intestines potentially causing a blockage.
*NEVER leave animals in hot cars, even with windows partially rolled down. Within minutes, the internal temperature can exceed 100 degrees. It’s often best when going on an outing to leave your pet safely and comfortably at home.
*If you notice heat stress symptoms such as severe panting or in extreme cases, staggering, weakness and collapse, gradually lower the animal's body temperature by hosing him down with cool water. Seek prompt veterinary attention.
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need. Dakin does not receive any government funding nor is Dakin funded or operated by any national humane organization. Dakin is a local, private, non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses who care about animals to bring its services to the community.