Keeping Your Dog Safe on July Fourth

Independence Day is right around the corner! America’s birthday is a great time to spend a relaxing day with loved ones. However, our furry family members don’t always enjoy this particular holiday as much as we do. In fact, July Fourth is one of the most dangerous holidays for dogs! Below, a Tipp City, OH vet offers advice on keeping Fido safe on the Fourth.

Fireworks

Every year, many beloved family pets go missing after the Fourth. This is because many dogs are absolutely terrified of fireworks, and will blindly bolt in fear. Even the most loyal and loving pup will run if he is scared. Don’t take chances! We recommend keeping your canine buddy indoors as much as possible on the Fourth, especially after dark. Put your four-legged pal in his crate or in a quiet back room when the fireworks start, and turn a TV or radio on low. If Fido has a yard to play in, check your gates and fences, and limit his outdoor time until after the holiday. You’ll also want to be careful when you walk your pooch: make sure you have a good grip on his leash.

ID

It’s always better to be safe than sorry. Make sure Fido is microchipped, and is wearing proper ID tags.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and other bugs come out in droves in hot weather. Keep up with Fido’s parasite control!

Food

Grilling is definitely an Independence Day tradition. Just be careful not to let your pooch eat any dangerous foods. Some of the things you’ll want to keep away from Fido include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; avocados; pitted fruits; alcohol; caffeine; chocolate; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Other Hazards

Glow sticks, torch oil, lighter fluid, bug spray, and citronella candles are all toxic to dogs. Keep these things away from Fido.

Heat

Fido could get very sick if he overheats! Make sure your dog has plenty of water and a cool, shady place to relax in. If your pup starts panting, immediately give him water and bring him to a cooler area. If Fido is drooling, trembling, or lethargic, contact your vet immediately.

Do you have any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care? Call us, your Tipp City, OH animal clinic, anytime!

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