America’s birthday is just around the corner. While July 4th celebrations may be much smaller than usual this year, because of the coronavirus, there will likely still be some festivities. This can be a dangerous holiday for dogs! A Mesa, AZ vet discusses celebrating with Fido below.

Preventative Care

This one applies all year long, but make sure Fido is microchipped and wearing ID tags. Reports of missing pets often skyrocket after the Fourth! Dogs should also be current on his vaccines and parasite control.

Barbeque Safety

Barbeques are a very popular Independence Day tradition. Fido will no doubt put on his most adorable begging face in the hopes of scoring himself some goodies. Be careful with what you feed him! Many popular foods are dangerous to dogs. Never give your furry friend garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; grapes, currants, or raisins; alcohol; mushrooms; nuts; pitted fruits; chocolate; meat on the bone; avocado; dairy products; raw meat, dough, or yeast; or anything that contains xylitol.

Trash

Fido isn’t above looking through garbage in hopes of snagging some leftovers. The garbage could contain things like skewers, bones, can lids, and fat trimmings, none of which are safe for dogs. Use trashcans that close securely.

Water

The Fourth can get pretty hot! Make sure Fido always has fresh water. You may want to drop a few ice cubes into his bowl. If you take your canine buddy anywhere, bring plenty of water along for him.

Fireworks

Many dogs are absolutely terrified of fireworks, and will bolt just out of sheer panic. Take Fido indoors well before the show starts. Put him in his crate or a comfy spot, and give him bedding, treats, and perhaps a new toy to occupy himself with. You may also want to turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise. If your pup is extremely frightened, ask your vet for tips on using pet-calming products, such as sprays.

Safety

People often shoot off fireworks before and after the Fourth, so take extra precautions that week. Limit your pup’s outdoor time as much as possible. If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure and that your gate latches tightly. Finally, use a sturdy leash when walking Fido.

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