Keeping Fido Safe on the Fourth

Keeping Fido Safe on the Fourth

The Fourth of July is right around the corner! Many of us are looking forward to spending America’s birthday with friends and family members. Independence Day is one of the most dangerous holidays for dogs, however, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep your pooch safe. Below, a Park County, CO vet discusses keeping Fido safe on America’s birthday.


Fireworks are very scary for our canine friends! It’s no wonder that the Fourth is a peak time for dogs to go missing. Even the most loyal and loving pets will bolt if they get frightened. Keep your pooch indoors as much as possible on Independence Day, especially after dark. If your furry pal seems anxious, turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise. If you have a yard, check your fencing and gates to make sure they are secure. Fido should also be microchipped and wearing proper ID tags.


Grilling is a classic Independence Day tradition. Unfortunately, many popular barbeque foods are toxic to dogs. Some things that are dangerous for Fido include garlic, onions, and scallions; avocados; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; caffeine; chocolate; alcohol; raw foods; meat on the bone; and anything containing xylitol.


Summertime is a peak time for bugs! Keep up with Fido’s parasite control. We also recommend checking your pooch thoroughly for ticks.


Heat is very dangerous for Fido. After all, he is wearing a fur coat! Keep your furry buddy’s water dish full, and watch closely for signs of heat exhaustion, such as panting, drooling, lethargy, and trembling. If you see any of these red flags, immediately give your pup some water, bring him to a cool area, and call your vet.


Don’t bring Fido to the water unless he can swim, and is trained in basic obedience. If you take your canine pal to the pool, immediately show him where the pool stairs are, so he can get out if he falls in. If you’re going boating, put a doggy lifejacket on your pooch. Ask your vet for more advice on doggy swimming safety.


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

Happy Fourth of July! Please contact us, your Park County, CO animal clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs.

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