Porky & Buddy: Pet Health: July 4th Not A Holiday For Pets

Dear Readers,

Dogs are very very loyal, but they are not patriotic.

For them the Fourth of July is a terror filled day of bizarre loud noises, interspersed with fleeting seconds of joy over a dropped hot dog.

That’s all it is.

So do your best friends a favor and take some precautions on our grand national holiday to make it a better day for them.

We consulted with our allies at ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center and here are the things you need to watch out for:

Don’t leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Whatever you think about alcohol for humans it is poisonous to pets.

Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet unless it is labeled specifically for use on animals. You can find pet safe products at your local pet supply store.

Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. You know your dog will try anything once, so don’t take the chance.

Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, just that one hot dog, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea.. Remember that certain foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be especially toxic to companion animals.

Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.  It looks stupid on them anyway

Never use fireworks around pets!. Duh!

Fireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please don’t take them to Fourth of July  celebrations. Instead, keep them home and safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area.

So have all the fun you want, but for your furry best friends, try to make it just an ordinary day.

The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.

Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY. Phone (315) 207-1070.

Email:[email protected] Website: www.oswegohumane.org

Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other!

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