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Tips for Spending the Fourth With Fido

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. As you make preparations for the summer holiday, don’t forget about your canine buddy. This can be a dangerous holiday for Fido! Read on as a local Plano, TX vet discusses spending the Fourth with your furry best friend.

Barbeques

Grilling out is a classic part of the summer holiday. It’s fine to offer your pup a treat, but be sure to only offer him foods that are safe for dogs. Plain, cooked boneless meat is a good choice. Ask your vet for more information on safe and unsafe foods. Also, keep Fido away from the grill. The trash can be hazardous as well, as it may contain things like bones, skewers, tin foil, and plastic wrap.

Beaches

Planning to head to the beach? Fido may enjoy some time at the shore. Just keep a close eye on your pooch. Never leave your dog unsupervised near the water. Avoid places with strong currents or heavy wakes.

Paws

If you’ve ever stepped barefoot on hot ground, you know how painful that is. Put paw balm on Fido’s paws to prevent burns and blisters.

Chemicals

Bug spray, lighter fluid, tanning lotion, and citronella are all dangerous to dogs. You also want to be sure to keep Fido away from the fireworks!

Noise

Many dogs are terrified by the sound of fireworks. Keep your canine friend indoors as much as possible after dark. If Fido gets very scared, put him in his crate or a quiet room with food, toys, and bedding, and turn a TV or radio on to drown out the noise. If you have a yard, make sure your fencing is secure.

Heat

Chances are, America’s birthday is going to be a scorcher. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke can be deadly to our canine pals. Make sure Fido always has plenty of clean water and access to cool, shady areas. Keep an eye out for signs of dehydration and heat exhaustion. Some common ones are panting, sunken eyes, a warm back, dark urine, pale gums, and trembling. If you see any of these red flags, immediately give your pup water, take him to a cool spot, and contact your vet for further instructions.

Enjoy your holiday! Please contact us, your Plano, TX vet, if ever we can be of assistance. We’re here for you!

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