The 4th of July is coming up fast, and many of us are making plans for the summer holiday. Your canine pal is a part of your family, and will be more than happy to join you! However, you’ll need to take steps to keep your pet safe and sound on America’s birthday. A Carolina Forest, SC vet addresses some of the key dangers associated with July 4th in this article.
Sadly, the summer holiday is a peak time for lost pet reports. Many dogs are absolutely terrified of fireworks, and will bolt out of sheer panic. Since some people start setting fireworks off a few days before the holiday, we recommend limiting Fido’s outdoor time that week. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure, and that your gate closes automatically. When walking Fido, use a sturdy leash, one he can’t break. On the night of the 4th, take your furry friend indoors before the show starts. Put him in an interior room or in his crate with soft bedding, a puzzle toy, and perhaps a special treat. You may want to turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise. Last but not least, make sure your pooch is microchipped and wearing current ID tags.
Hot weather is both dangerous and uncomfortable for dogs. After all, Fido has a fur coat on, and can only cool off by panting. Make sure your canine buddy always has access to shade and water. (Tip: try dropping a few ice cubes into his bowl.) Hot pavement and surfaces are another concern, as dogs can burn their paws on hot ground. Paw balm will protect your pet’s paws. Your pup will also appreciate a cold snack, like doggy ice cream.
It’s fine to give your furry buddy a special snack, but be careful what you offer him. Many of our favorite summer foods are poisonous to dogs! Never give Fido anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives. Pitted fruits, especially avocado, are also unsafe. Other things on the no-no list include grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts, particularly macadamia nuts; chocolate; caffeine; alcohol; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and anything that contains xylitol. Please contact us if ever we can be of assistance. As your Carolina Forest, SC vet clinic, we are here to help!