Yes, folks, it’s time for my obligatory summer safety public service announcements. We know you’re looking forward to a much-needed holiday tomorrow, and so am I! I’ve been working like a dog for our valued customers. Without air conditioning too, I might add! Darn hailstorm took out the AC unit!
First things first… we four-leggers really don’t understand this celebration of Independence. Although I am a seasoned world traveler, I still love coming home to my slippers and adore my treats that my staff lavish upon me, humble though I may be. Ms. Boo and her feline cohorts seem to cherish independence a bit more, but I digress… back to the issue of SAFETY!
Fireworks are not friends (nor food)
Guess what day is busiest for animal shelters? The 5th of July. That’s because those loud sounds send us four-leggers into a frenzy! We think the world is ending and may run away, only to be picked up by neighbors or animal control services. Keep us someplace quiet (perhaps with soothing music) that is secure when the fireworks begin. Make sure we’re wearing current identification along with that patriotic garb you’ve bought. Also, keep used and unused fireworks out of reach as there are poisonous chemicals in them.
Because of the widespread drought, many areas have banned fireworks this year so folks may opt to use glow sticks and glow jewelry to celebrate. Refrain from accessorizing your animal companions with them. They have an irresistible chewy texture that may entice us to do what comes naturally for us… but the glass and chemicals inside may make us sick.
I have been known to enjoy the finer things in life, and have been a bit opportunistic with all the youngsters that tend to congregate at family functions. Grills smell oh-so amazing! Take care to keep us pets away from hot surfaces, lighter fluids, and matches. It distresses me to say this, but it’s probably for the best to keep us on our regular diets no matter how well we’ve perfected our “you know you love me” pleading look. To stay this fit and trim for the ladies, I’ve got to watch my figure. And stomach upset is not a crowd pleaser!
Bugs and Other Bothers
Insect repellants not made specifically for us animals are dangerous. DEET, in particular can cause neurological problems in animals. Try our Sentry Natural Defense 3-month flea-tick formula that also works against mosquitoes. Another alternative is this Pet Naturals Flea and Tick Repellent Spray that also works against flies and mosquitoes. Citronella products, oils and insect coils will cause us gastric upset if ingested, so keep those items out of reach as well.
Don’t forget your furry companion’s hydration needs, just as you wouldn’t for your human guests. Offer plenty of cool water in the shade. A kiddie pool makes a great cooling off station for dogs. Also, make sure alcoholic beverages are kept out of reach of animals as they are toxic to us.
Have a wonderful 4th of July! Boo and I wish you a safe and happy holiday!