Our Pet, 4th of July Celebration And Fireworks
Celebrate, have fun and stay safe. As we celebrate, there are a few important things to keep in mind for our pets so everyone will have a great time during and after the celebration. Also, July 5th is the busiest day of the year at most animal shelters. Dogs are found miles from their homes, confused, disoriented, and exhausted. People call their local animal shelters hoping to locate a missing dog that is terrified and on the run. This, unfortunately, is all too common during the Independence Day celebration. Here are some safety tips from both the ASPCA and our local Corona Animal Shelter.
4th of July Celebration Safety Tips courtesy of ASPCA:
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death from respiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing—or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression. If lighter fluid is inhaled, aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems could develop.
- Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who have more delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
- Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescent substance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, and intestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plastic containers.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can produce stomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. If inhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
- Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unused fireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
Helpful Tips to Comfort and Protect Pets from Fireworks Displays courtesy of Corona Animal Shelter:
1. Prepare a safe place in your house where your pets will be comfortable and safe. This might include an inner room in the house that is sheltered from the sights and sounds of fireworks displays.
2. Animals used to being in a crate or pet carrier might feel more secure here during fireworks events.
3. Pets kept outside when fireworks displays occur should be on a leash or in a carrier.
4. Be sure your pets wear identification. They should always have identification tags such as a dog license/personalized ID tag or microchip identification implanted. Pet collars can come off whereas microchips, which are embedded beneath the skin, can’t.
5. Keep dogs and cats indoors well before, during, and after (for a while) fireworks displays.
6. Take your dog for a walk, on a leash, prior to fireworks displays so that he/she has a chance to relieve him/herself.
7. Don’t take pets to fireworks shows. There is too much noise as well as many strangers, making it easy for your pet to panic and bolt, no matter how tight a hold you think you have on its leash.
8. Pet owners should always check with their veterinarian and follow their recommendations before using any medications or tranquilizers on pets that have anxiety issues.
9. Contact your local animal shelter if your dog or pet becomes lost and please visit the shelter daily