Fourth of July fireworks and summer heat waves can be extremely dangerous and stressful for animals. To keep pets calm, safe, and cool during the Independence Day celebrations and throughout the hot months of summer, Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society recommends the following precautions:
- During the holiday celebrations, keep animals away from the fireworks and in a cool, quiet room. The room should have secure doors and windows-- some dogs will jump through screens to get away from the noise.
- If pets are outside, they should be on a leash, have proper identification and should not be left with children or others who may not be able to control a frightened animal.
- Clean up fireworks fragments after the celebration. Animals and young children may be injured from playing with or ingesting stray remnants.
- NEVER leave animals in hot cars, even with windows partially rolled down. Within minutes the internal temperature can exceed 100 degrees. When going on errands, leave your pet comfortably and safely at home.
- If you see an animal in distress in a hot car, immediately contact the nearest authorities.
- Animals should always have access to shade, properly ventilated shelter, and fresh water.
- Exercise your animal in the early morning or evening hours when the temperature is lower.
- Be careful if taking your four-legged family member to the beach or on a picnic. If there is not sufficient access to shade or water, animals can become quickly dehydrated. Hot sand can burn sensitive paws.
- If you notice heat stress symptoms such as severe panting or in extreme cases, staggering, weakness and collapse, gradually lower the animal's body temperature by hosing him down with cool, not cold, water. Ice packs may be applied to the head and neck area. The animal should then receive prompt veterinary attention.
Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society provides shelter, education, advocacy, and assistance for animals and people in need. Dakin does not receive any government funding nor is Dakin funded or operated by any national humane organization. Dakin is a local, private, non-profit organization that relies solely on contributions from individuals and businesses who care about animals to bring its services to the community.