July 4th is just around the corner! This year is definitely going to be a lot more fun than last year! However, you’ll need to take extra precautions with your canine buddy. This can be a dangerous day for Man’s Best Friend! A local Bourne, MA vet discusses spending the summer holiday with dogs in this article.
Many of our canine companions are terrified of fireworks. The noise and commotion can reduce even the calmest dog into a furry ball of nerves. This is quite dangerous, as many animals instinctively run for safety if they are frightened. (That’s why there are, unfortunately, so many lost dog reports after the Fourth.) Bring your pet inside before it gets dark, and set him up with comfy bedding, some puzzle toys, and yummy treats. Turn a TV or radio on to mask the sound. If Fido likes his crate, he may feel safer there. If your pooch is really scared of noise, ask your vet about pet-calming products.
Do you celebrate America’s birthday by grilling? Your canine pal will be very interested in seeing what smells so good! Fido can have plain brats, burgers, or hot dogs, or some boneless chicken. Just don’t give him anything with bones, or foods that were seasoned with spices, garlic, and/or onion. Also on the no no list: scallions and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocado; chocolate; alcohol; pitted fruit; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and anything that contains xylitol.
The Fourth can be quite a scorcher. Keep Fido’s water bowl full! If you take your pup out and about with you, bring a water bottle with a bowl or dispenser for him, and let him drink frequently. (For extra tail wags, offer your pet some frozen cubes of sodium-free broth.)
Quite a few things at the average barbeque are toxic to pets. This includes things like lighter fluid, tiki oil, bug spray, and, of course, fireworks. Keep these in areas where Fido can’t reach them.
We always advise erring on the side of caution. Make sure your four-legged buddy has been microchipped and is wearing proper ID tags. Fido should also be up-to-date with his vaccinations and parasite control.
Happy 4th! Please reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Bourne, MA veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!