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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Fido

The Fourth of July is right around the corner! The summer holiday offers a wonderful chance to relax and spend time with friends and family, perhaps enjoying some fun summertime activities like grilling, camping, or swimming. If you have a dog, however, you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your pet safe on Independence Day. America’s birthday can be very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend! In this article, a Riverside County, CA vet discusses keeping Fido safe on the Fourth.

Barbeques

Grilling is a classic Independence Day tradition. Unfortunately, many popular foods often found at barbeques are toxic to dogs. Some of the foods that are dangerous for Fido include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; caffeine; alcohol; avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; raw yeast or dough; nuts; and anything containing xylitol. You also want to keep bones and barbeque skewers away from your canine buddy. Use trashcans with secure lids to dispose of leftovers, so your furry friend can’t go digging through the garbage for snacks.

Heat

The Fourth can be a scorcher! Since Fido is already wearing a fur coat, it’s very easy for him to overheat. Make sure your canine pal has plenty of fresh water. If he starts panting heavily, bring him inside, where it’s cooler.

Chemicals

Keep citronella candles, lighter fluid, glow sticks, bug spray, and sunscreen away from Fido. You can never be too careful!

Fireworks

Every year, reports of missing pets spike after the Fourth. This is because many dogs bolt in fear during fireworks displays. Those pretty fireworks can be absolutely terrifying to Man’s Best Friend! Keep your pooch indoors as much as possible on Independence Day, and for a few days before and after. If you are hosting guests, be very careful as they are arriving or leaving, and make sure your pup doesn’t slip out an open door. If Fido has a yard to patrol, check your fencing and gate to make sure he can’t get out. Once the celebrations start, your furry buddy may be more comfortable in his crate or a quiet back room. Turn a TV or radio on for him to mask the noise. We also recommend making sure your dog is microchipped and is wearing current ID tags.

Please call us, your Riverside County, CA animal clinic, for all your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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