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Keep Pets Safe During 4th of July and Summer Heatwave: Tips from SLO County Animal Services

Author: Animal Services
Date: 7/2/2024 11:21 AM

San Luis Obispo, CA- As the first summer heatwave approaches and 4th of July celebrations near, the County of San Luis Obispo Animal Services Division urges pet owners to take steps to protect their pets from extreme temperatures and fireworks noise.

"Pets are at risk of heat-related illnesses and injuries, as well as anxiety from fireworks
noise," said County Animal Services Manager Eric Anderson. "It's important to prioritize
their well-being by taking appropriate precautions. We offer practical tips for pet owners to
help ensure their pets' safety during hot weather and Independence Day festivities."

Independence Day Pet Safety Tips:

  1. Keep pets inside: Fireworks noise can cause anxiety and potentially lead to pets running away. Keep pets in a closed-off part of the home to muffle the noise and prevent escapes. Make the area inviting and stay with them to provide comfort.
  2. Set off fireworks away from pets: Even if your pet seems fearless, fireworks posea hazard. Keep pets leashed and at a safe distance from fireworks.
  3. Exercise pets beforehand: A long walk, or exercise session can tire pets out, making them less anxious during fireworks.
  4. Close all windows and doors: Cats and dogs may try to escape due to fireworks noise. Ensure all windows and doors are closed to prevent this.
  5. Clean up fireworks: Pets may sniff, chew, or swallow fireworks debris. Properly dispose of all fireworks to prevent burns, choking, and illnesses.
  6. Update identification tags and microchips: The 4th of July sees a high rate of missing pets. Ensure your pet's identification is current to help recover them if they wander off.
  7. If your pet goes missing: If your pet does go missing, check the Animal Services website for listings of animals found around the county as well as tips to help reunite you with them.

Heat Safety Tips for Pets:

  1. Never leave pets in a vehicleL Even on moderate days, car temperatures can quickly rise to dangerous levels. Leaving pets in parked cars can lead to heatstroke or death. 
  2. Keep pets hydrated: Preovide plenty of fresh water, especially outdoors. Carry water during walks and outings to prevent dehydration. 
  3. Provide shade and ventilation: Create a shaded, well-ventilated area for pets to rest and cool down. Avoid direct sunlight and confined spaces without airflow. 
  4. Limit outdoor activities: Reduce strenuous activities during peak heat hours (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.). Opt for early morning or late evening outings and be mindful of hot pavement, which can burn pets' paws. 
  5. Recognize signs of heatstroke: Know the signs of heat exhaustion and heatstroke, including ecessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, or collapse. If you suspect heatstroke, move your pet to a cool area, offer water, and contact a veterinarian. 
  6. Offer cool treats: Provide frozen treats to help pets cool down. Make homemade "pupsicles" by freezing chicken broth in a Kong toy or offer frozen fruits and vegetables to chickens and small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs. 
Contact Eric Anderson, Animal Services Manager: (805) 781-4409 | [email protected]