Celebrating the Fourth With Fido

The Fourth of July is just around the corner! As you make plans for the summer holiday, don’t forget about your furry best friend. This can be a dangerous holiday for dogs! Here, a Crown Point, IN vet offers tips on celebrating America’s birthday with Fido.

Food

It’s fine to give your pup a special treat. Plain, cooked meat, fish, or chicken, without the skin, bones, or fat, are fine. Fido will be thrilled if you offer him a plain, grilled burger, hot dog, or sausage! Just be careful with what you offer, as many foods are toxic to dogs. Some of the things on the no-no list include garlic, onions, and chives; nuts; pitted fruits, especially avocados; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; alcohol; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and anything containing xylitol.

Fireworks

Many pets are terrified of fireworks. Sadly, reports of lost dogs often spike after the summer holiday. Even the most loyal and loving pup may bolt and run away if they get scared! Bring your furry friend indoors before the fireworks start. Fido may be more comfortable in a crate or a quiet interior room with his toys, treats, and bedding. Turn a radio on to mask the noise. As a precaution, we also recommend that dogs be microchipped and wearing ID tags at all times.

Heat

Heat can be very dangerous for our canine pals. Make sure Fido always has access to fresh water and cool, shady areas. Keep a close eye on your pooch, and make sure he isn’t getting too hot. Some warning signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion include heavy panting, drooling, sunken eyes, pale gums, a warm back, and dark urine. Ask your vet for more information.

Hazards

Always put your furry buddy’s safety first! Trash is one thing to be concerned about, as it may contain things like bones, skewers, toothpicks, fat trimmings, tinfoil, and can lids. Some other things that pose a hazard to dogs include chemicals, such as bug spray, lighter fluid, citronella, and fireworks. Also, make sure that your fence is secure. If you’re hosting, keep Fido close as people are coming or going. It’s very easy for pets to slip out through an open door!

Happy Fourth! Please contact us, your Crown Point, IN vet clinic, with any questions or concerns about your dog’s health or care.