Pet Safety Tips for 4th of July in New York City
NEW YORK – The 4th of July has arrived, and it’s a time when Americans across the country remember the people who fought for our freedom and paved the way for us all to have the right to life, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.
Although fireworks and barbecues are part of Independence Day entertainment, these activities can be a “very dangerous” situation for pets, according to the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty towards animals.
“We can indulge in barbecuing too much, but leftovers given to a dog can create gastrointestinal issues,” Suffolk County SPCA chief Roy Gross said via a news release. “Keep your dog on a regular diet and be sure to ask your guests not to feed your pet food! Any change, even to a meal, can give your pet severe indigestion and diarrhea. Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes and raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to pets.”
A few other helpful tips can help make the 4th of July safer for your dog:
Loud, crowded fireworks are no fun for pets, the SPCA wrote.
“So please resist the urge to take them to Independence Day festivities,” the organization said. “Instead, keep your little guys away from the noise in a quiet, sheltered, escape-proof place at home. Put on some music to drown out the sound of fireworks. Make sure you that your pet always wears a collar and an identification tag.”
Block parties contain loud fireworks and very hot sparklers. Exercise the same caution with your pets as with your children, Gross said.