Cumberland County Animal Services is reminding residents to keep their furry friends safe this Fourth of July.
FAYETTEVILLE — Cumberland County Animal Services is reminding residents to keep their furry friends safe this Fourth of July.
Animal Services veterinarian Dr. Meredith Garringer encourages residents to keep pets inside their homes during the night of July 4 when fireworks may frighten them — even if they are primarily outdoor pets.
“Being in the Fort Bragg area, a lot of our pets are acclimated to loud noises,” Garringer said. “However, with fireworks you’re also going to see flashes in the sky. To us it may be neat, but to them it’s very scary.”
Garringer also cautioned pet owners to be careful about sharing “people” food with pets during cookouts or other celebrations. Any sudden change in an animal’s diet can cause problems like an upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting.
“People food in general is not good for cats and dogs,” said Garringer. “If you are going to share food with them, a small piece of bread would be best and definitely avoid giving pets fatty or spicy foods.”
Pets can also suffer from heat stroke. Garringer noted that when your animals are outside, they should always have shade and cool water. If your pet is showing signs of distress, call your veterinarian immediately.
Animal Services will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular hours are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 1 to 5 p.m.
For specific questions you have about Cumberland County Animal Services, you can email email@example.com or for general information visit cumberlandcountync.gov/animalservices or call the shelter at 910-321-6852.