As the 4th of July approaches, the Greater Birmingham Humane Society wants pet owners to be prepared and aware of the dangers associated with the fun and festive activities that occur this time of year. Summer holiday activities and fireworks can cause a great deal of stress for all animals. To help pet owners keep their pets calm and safe, GBHS and ASPCA recommend the following tips:
- Ensure your pet is wearing proper identification tags that list their name, your name, home address and phone number.
- Loud fireworks scare many animals, and festivities including visits from friends and family can often create extra distractions for pet parents. It’s best to make plans for your pet before guests arrive. If your dog is anxious, consider keeping them in a quiet but cool room indoors and make it a point to check on them regularly.
- Keep matches, citronella candles, bug sprays, sunscreens and lighter fluid out of your pet’s reach. These products can all cause serious health problems for animals.
- It’s not a good idea to give your dog (or your kids for that matter) free roam of the yard when the grill is on. Burns can happen in an instant.
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets.
- Brush up on your dog’s training. Your dog should have basic obedience training, and should easily respond to you.
“We want to make sure your pets stay safe, not only on the 4th of July, but throughout the year,” said Karen Peterlin, Executive Director of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. “Educating pet parents and the community is a major focus of animal welfare organizations like us.”
Have questions? Contact the Greater Birmingham Humane Society at (205) 942-1211 for more information. To report animal cruelty, please call your local Police Department.
The Greater Birmingham Humane Society’s mission is to promote the humane treatment of animals and people through education, advocacy, and services.