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Keeping Your Dog Safe on the Fourth

The Fourth of July is just a few days away. Many of us are looking forward to spending the summer holiday with friends and family members. Independence Day can be very dangerous to dogs, however, In fact, it’s one of the most dangerous holidays for Man’s Best Friend! In this article, a Cherry Hill, NJ vet discusses keeping Fido safe on the Fourth.

Fireworks

Unfortunately, many beloved dogs are reported missing after Independence Day. Fireworks are very scary to our canine pals! Man’s Best Friend often instinctively runs if he gets frightened. Keep your pooch safe and sound by leaving him indoors as much as possible on the Fourth, particularly after dark. We also recommend double-checking your gates and fence line, to make sure your pooch can’t escape. Just in case, make sure Fido is microchipped and wearing proper ID tags.

Food

Many foods often found at barbeques are toxic to Fido. Don’t let your dog have avocadoes; grapes, currants, or raisins; nuts; pitted fruits; raw potatoes; garlic, onions, and scallions; caffeine; chocolate; alcohol; meat on the bone; or anything containing xylitol.

Heat

America’s Birthday can get pretty hot! Dogs can get very sick if they overheat. Make sure your pup always has fresh water. You’ll also want to keep a close eye on your furry pal, and watch for signs that he may be getting too hot, such as heavy panting, drooling, and lethargy. If you see any of these symptoms, immediately bring Fido to a cool area and give him water, then contact your vet for further instructions.

Parasites

Summer is a peak time for fleas, ticks, and mosquitos, all of which can transmit dangerous parasites and diseases. Be sure to keep up with Fido’s parasite control.

Other Hazards

Lighter fluid, torch oil, citronella candles, bug spray, and glow sticks are all hazardous to your furry friend. Keep these things away from your four-legged buddy. Don’t let your pet get a hold of any barbeque skewers, either: these are very dangerous for dogs! Last but not least, keep an eye on your pup, especially as people are coming and going. It’s very easy for our canine pals to slip out an open door, or accidentally get stepped on.

Please contact us, your local Cherry Hill, NJ animal hospital, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are always happy to help!

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