With Fourth of July just around the corner, I thought I’d share some tips from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) on how to keep your pets safe.
This message is from the folks at the ASPCA:
Summer has officially arrived, and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. While this holiday is full of fun for us, it can be stressful and sometimes dangerous for our pets. When celebrating our Independence Day, there are a few things that pet owners should keep in mind to keep their four-legged friends happy and healthy:
Be sure to keep people, food and drinks at barbecues away from your animals. These foods can be very dangerous to pets and should always be kept out of reach.
Do not apply any sunscreen or insect repellent product to animals that is not labeled specifically for their use.
Always keep matches and lighter fluid out of your pets’ reach. Certain types of matches contain chlorates, which could potentially damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing — or even kidney disease in severe cases. Lighter fluid can be irritating to skin, and if ingested can produce gastrointestinal irritation and central nervous system depression.
Never use fireworks around pets! While exposure to fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and/or trauma to the face and paws of 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, so please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities. Instead, keep your dogs and cats safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area at home.
If your dog or cat accidentally ingests any potentially harmful products and you need emergency advice, contact the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 or www.aspca.org/apcc.
If your pet is lost during Fourth of July, please call the volunteer line at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter at 781-4413 or visit www.sloanimal services.com. Make sure to visit the shelter to look for your pet. The Animal Services shelter is at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1 in San Luis Obispo.
Ellen Perryess, the volunteer at the San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter, who shares all of the featured shelter pets, sent in this request.
“Did you find your San Luis Obispo County Animal Shelter pet here in Pet Tales? If so, Animal Shelter Adoption Partners (ASAP) wants to include your happily-ever-after story in our 2012 wall calendar.
“The 2012 ‘Love ‘Em’ Calendar will feature shelter dogs and cats who’ve appeared in The Tribune Pet Tales. Each month will include a great Pet Tales dog or cat portrait and provide information on ways individuals can help reduce overcrowding at the shelter. It will also include information about what to do if you:
Have lost or found a pet;
Need to find a new home for a pet; or
Want to adopt a pet.
“Thanks go out to SLO County Board of Supervisors, SLO County Animal Services Division, Dynegy Morro Bay LLC and Morro Bay Rotary Club for their donations to ASAP for this project.
“To share your Pet Tales alumni story, you can either mail it to: ASAP, Calendar Story, 900 Stagecoach Road, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 or email it to esperryess@ kcbx.org. It doesn’t need to be long, 100 words or less will do the trick.”
If you have a story or photos of your furry, feathered or scaly friend please e-mail to me to pettales @thetribunenews.com or mail to Pet Tales, c/o The Tribune, P.O. Box 112, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406.