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Fourth of July Safety for Dogs

With the Fourth of July approaching, many of us are looking forward to enjoying some fun in the sun with friends and family. Our canine companions often love to accompany us to picnics and barbeques. Just keep a close eye on Fido: this can be a dangerous holiday for dogs! A Pleasanton, CA vet lists some hazards for dogs below.

Food

Many of our favorite foods are toxic to our four-legged friends. Never give Fido 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.

Trash

Don’t let your canine buddy get into the trash! It may contain things like bones, skewers, toothpicks, can lids, and other hazards.

Parasites

Fleas, ticks, and other parasite come out in droves in summer. Keep up with Fido’s parasite control products, and check him thoroughly for ticks.

Fireworks

Fireworks are very scary to Man’s Best Friend! Limit your furry friend’s outdoor time around the holiday. On the Fourth, bring him inside before the fireworks start. If your pooch is often frightened by loud noises, put him in his crate or a quiet back room with toys, treats, and bedding, and turn a radio on to mask the noise.

Heat

July can be scorching hot. Make sure Fido always has access to shady areas and plenty of water. If you notice him panting, immediately give him water, and then bring him inside, to rooms cooled by fans or AC. Contact your vet if signs persist.

Fire

Fires and dogs are definitely not a good mix! Keep Fido away from the grill.

Paws

Try to keep Fido on soft ground as much as you can. Dogs can get painful paw blisters by running around on hot ground. Use paw balm to protect your canine pal’s paws.

Open Gate

Keep a close eye on your furry best friend. It only takes a moment for a pooch to slip out an open door! At home, make sure your fencing is secure, and use self-latching gates. If you take Fido off your property, keep him leashed at all times.

Chemicals

Citronella, lighter fluid, fireworks, sparklers, and bug spray are all dangerous to dogs. Keep these things away from Fido!

Enjoy your holiday! Please contact us, your Pleasanton, CA animal hospital, anytime! We’re happy to help!

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