July 4th Safety for Dogs

By December 15, 2020 Uncategorized

The Fourth is just around the corner. This can be a dangerous holiday for our canine companions! Of course, many larger events are cancelled this year, because of the pandemic. However, there will still be lots of smaller gatherings and cookouts. Here, a Goodyear, AZ veterinarian lists some safety tips that will help you keep Fido safe. 

Food

It’s fine to give your furry bff something special. A brat or plain burger is fine. Actually, any sort of cooked, boneless meat, fish, or chicken is generally ok, as long as it isn’t loaded with spices. Just be careful not to give your canine pal have anything that is dangerous for him. That list includes garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocado; pitted fruits; nuts; mushrooms; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; and anything that contains xylitol. Meat on the bone is also unsafe, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast. 

Fireworks

Many of our furry friends are absolutely terrified of fireworks. Take Fido in before it gets dark, and put him in his crate or a comfy back room with bedding, food, treats, and toys. Turn a TV or radio on to mask out the noise. You can also ask your vet about using pet-calming products, like treats and sprays. If your pooch is really scared, work on desensitization training. 

Heat

July 4th can be a scorcher. Make sure that Fido always has access to shade and fresh water. If you’re going to be outdoors, you may want to get him a kiddie pool. (Tip: get a portable one that is easy to carry.) You can also let your pup splash around in the spray from a hose or sprinkler.

Preventative Care

This is a peak time for lost pets. Limit Fido’s outdoor time around the holiday, and keep a good grip on his leash during walks. Your furry buddy should also be microchipped and wearing proper ID tags. 

Trash

Fido is always on the lookout for treats and snacks. He isn’t above checking the garbage, either. This can be dangerous, as the trash can contain things like bones, can lids, fat trimmings, plastic, and other hazards. Clear the table as soon as everyone is done eating, and use a trashcan with a tight lid. 

Please contact us, your Goodyear, AZ vet clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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