Spending The Fourth With Fido

Believe it or not, the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Whether you are sticking close to home and opting for a quiet night, or hosting a banger for friends and family, you’ll need to pay some extra attention to your canine companion. This can be a scary—and dangerous—holiday for Man’s Best Friend! A local Michigan City, IN vet offers some tips about spending Independence Day with your furry bff below.


Fido definitely will be interested in the menu. Go ahead and give him something yummy. Just stick with safe options, like a piece of grilled chicken or a plain burger or hot dog. Be careful not to give him anything that isn’t safe. That list includes garlic, onions, scallions, and chives, as well as anything these things were used as seasoning for. Grapes and raisins are also unsafe, as are chocolate, meat on the bone, avocado, raw dough, avocado, pitted fruits, and anything that contains xylitol. Alcohol is also a huge no!


Many dogs are not above going through the trash in search of leftovers. Pick up immediately after everyone has finished eating, and use a garbage can with a secure lid.


Many of our canine friends are absolutely terrified of fireworks. Even the most loyal pooch can bolt if they get scared! Keep Fido indoors after dark, and don’t let him run around off-leash unless he’s in a fenced yard. If your furry pal is frightened of the noise and commotion, offer him something to occupy himself with, like a Kong toy, and turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise. Your pooch should also be microchipped and wearing ID tags.


July is a prime time for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites. Make sure Fido is current on his vaccines and parasite control!


Don’t forget that Fido is wearing a fur coat! Make sure that your canine pal always has cool, clean water and access to shaded areas and/or rooms that are cooled by climate control. Your pup may also enjoy a cold snack, such as some doggy ice cream or a bowl of chilled sodium-free broth.


Chemicals are another concern. Keep things like tiki oil, bug spray, and lighter fluid away from your furry friend!

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