of July Pet Safety Tips
The Delta Humane Society & S.P.C.A. wishes you,
your pets and America a happy and Safe Fourth of July.
Please take a moment to review these safety tips for
you and your pet over the Fourth of July holiday.
Loud fireworks and other
booms and bangs are not fun for most pets.
We advise that you please resist the urge to bring your
pet to a fireworks show and instead keep them in a safe,
secure and escape-proof environment. We also recommend
making sure all your pets have a collar with a current
ID tag regardless of the holiday festivities.
Pets and alcohol do not
mix. Alcoholic beverages have the potential
to poison pets if ingested. We recommend that while
your pets are around, never leave a beverage unattended.
Glow sticks and other
Fourth of July decorations pose a few risks for your
pets. While in most cases the luminescent
substance inside is not highly toxic, issues may arise.
Intestinal blockage may also occur from swallowing pieces
of decorations or glow sticks as these items present
themselves as chew toys for most dogs.
Citronella candles, matches,
lighter fluid and other flammable or explosive items
should always be kept out of your pets reach.
These items in most cases are not only poisonous to
your pets, but their fumes may cause respirational problems
with your pet or great bodily harm from igniting or
Do not apply sun screen
or insect repellent products to your pet unless they
are specifically labeled for pet use.
Non-pet friendly products may cause skin irritations
and if ingested may cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea
and other medical conditions.
Watch the picnic table
scraps. While it may be tempting to
give your pets a holiday treat from the table these
food items may be toxic or dangerous to your pet. Small
bones, onions and chocolate are just an example of a
few of the items your pets should never eat.
Hot days are common on
the Fourth of July and affect you and your pet.
That is why it is important to never leave your pet
unattended in a parked car. In just a few minutes the
temperature inside can reach extremes that may be fatal.
Keep your pets in the shade. Like humans, dogs can suffer
from heatstroke, so by keeping your pet in the shade
you are helping them stay cool. Dogs cool off by panting,
however this will make your dog suffer from dehydration
faster on hot days. Always keep a clean fresh source
of water on hand to help quench your pet's thirst.