America’s birthday is coming up in a few days. It’s always good to relax with friends and family and enjoy a day swimming and/or grilling. However, this can be a dangerous—and scary—day for your canine pal, so you’ll want to take some steps to keep Fido happy, healthy, and safe. A Salem, VA veterinarian discusses Fourth of July dog safety in this article.
Food is a concern at almost all holidays, and the Fourth is no exception. Never give Fido anything that contains grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; nuts, especially macadamia nuts; mushrooms; caffeine; or alcohol. Garlic, onions, scallions, and chives are also unsafe, as are pitted fruits, especially avocado; raw meat, dough, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything containing xylitol.
If you’re grilling, keep Fido away from the barbeque. Fire and dogs are a dangerous combination!
Many people head to local beaches or pools for the summer holiday. Never leave Fido unattended near water! Also, if you take your furry friend to a pool, make sure he knows where the stairs are. We also recommend using paw balm to protect your pet’s delicate paw pads.
Make sure Fido is current on his vaccinations and parasite control. Fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and other unwanted parasites come out in droves at this time of year!
The Fourth can be a scorcher. Make sure your furry buddy always has shade and cool water. You’ll also want to watch for warning signs that Fido is too hot, such as panting. If you see any, immediately give your pup water and get him to a cooler area.
Sadly, lost dog numbers often spike around the Fourth. Many dogs are terrified of fireworks. Even the most loving and loyal pet may bolt if they get frightened. Bring your pooch in before the show starts. You may want to turn a TV or radio on for Fido to mask the noise. Also, make sure your canine buddy is microchipped and wearing ID tags, just in case.
Lighter fluid, bug spray, citronella, glow sticks, torch oil, and sunscreen are just a few things that are toxic to dogs. Keep these things well out of paws’ reach!
Please reach out to us, your Salem, VA vet clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!