DCHS: Independence Day Safety Tips for Pets

The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) Door County Campus is temporarily “pawsing” adoptions while it houses many dogs from other shelters to assist those shelters as they work through an animal-health situation (visit to learn more). WHS will resume regular adoption processes soon.

Until information about pets looking for new homes returns to this space, here are some ways to keep your pet safe during Independence Day and other summer celebrations.

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on Independence Day with friends and family, including the four-legged members of the household. And although it may seem like a great idea to reward Rover with scraps from the grill or take him along to watch fireworks, some festive foods, products and activities can be hazardous to pets. The Wisconsin Humane Society and ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center offer these safety tips:

• Never leave alcoholic drinks where pets can reach them.

• Do not apply sunscreen or insect repellent to pets unless it is labeled specifically as being safe for animals.

• Maintain your pet’s regular diet. Any change – even for one meal – can cause indigestion and diarrhea, so what may constitute a treat for you may not be a treat for your pet.

• Do not put glow sticks or glow jewelry on pets or allow them to play with these items.

• Never use fireworks around pets!

• Loud, crowded fireworks displays are no fun (or worse) for pets, so please resist the urge to take them to such festivities.

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