We know that sometimes this seems like the “party pooper” column.
We are always carrying on about human holidays and the potential dangers for pets — Christmas, Halloween, Easter — you name it. We grouse about it.
Well, here we go again.
The Fourth of July is coming up, our quintessential American celebration and the official start to summer. But remember this — pets don’t have calendars. For them a human party is just one more opportunity to meet new people and beg for food.
While they are fiercely loyal to you, they don’t have a patriotic bone in their body. So please, play it safe and try to make the holiday just another fun summer day for your pets.
Here are some tips suggested by our friends at the ASPCA Poison Control (a/k/a Super Duper Party Pooper) Center:
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where your pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets.
- Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. In particular, the misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.
- Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach.
- Keep your pets on their normal diet. Any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. And keep in mind that foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes and raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to pets.
- Do not put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it.
- Keep citronella candles, insect coils and oil products out of reach.
- 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.
- Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun for pets. They are just plain stupid and terrifying. So please resist the urge to take them to Fourth of July festivities.
Instead, keep your best friends safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home. And just to be on the safe side, make sure they have their identification on them at all times. You never know.
We hope that you have a terrific Fourth of July and that your pets have a really boring one!
Speaking of summer parties, the Oswego County Humane Society is holding its 15th Birthday Bash and Clambake from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at Bayshore Grove, Bayshore Drive, Oswego.
Come join in the fun and celebrate with us. All the clams you can eat, grilled foods, a huge buffet (with vegetarian selections, of course), free draft beer, cash bar, games, a $5,000 hole-in-one contest, a $500 lottery scratch-off board drawing, a fabulous silent auction, and live entertainment.
You can buy tickets, $50 per person, online at oswegohumane.org.
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.