- Never leavealcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages havethe potential to poison pets. If ingested, the animal could become veryintoxicated and weak, severely depressed or could go into a coma. Death fromrespiratory failure is also a possibility in severe cases.
- Do not apply anysunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeledspecifically for use on animals. Ingestion of sunscreen products can result indrooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse ofinsect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Keep your pets ontheir normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severeindigestion and diarrhea. This is particularly true for older animals who havemore delicate digestive systems and nutritional requirements. And keep in mindthat foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins,salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals.
- Do not put glowjewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it. While the luminescentsubstance contained in these products is not highly toxic, excessive droolingand gastrointestinal irritation could still result from ingestions, andintestinal blockage could occur from swallowing large pieces of the plasticcontainers.
- Keep citronellacandles, insect coils and oil products out of reach. Ingestions can producestomach irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression. Ifinhaled, the oils could cause aspiration pneumonia in pets.
- Never usefireworks around pets! While exposure to lit fireworks can potentially resultin severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of curious pets, even unusedfireworks can pose a danger. Many types contain potentially toxic substances,including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.
- Loud, crowdedfireworks displays are no fun for pets, so please resist the urge to take themto Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your little guys safe from thenoise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
More dogs and cats are lost during this holiday than at any other time of the year. The fear of the loud noises and the lights haveeven been known to frighten animals in their own backyards forcing them to fleepossibly ending up lost or injured. This behavior is usually unpredictable and out of character, and it may include such things as chewing through a leash, jumping through screens and windows, digging under a fence, jumping over a wall, bolting away, or running into traffic Knowyour dog and what he or she can handle. If necessary bring them indoors where they will feel moreprotected. Close the windows and pull the drapes shut. Turn on some music or a television and leave a light on for your pet.