Top 5 Tips for a Dog-Friendly 4th of July

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Abby says “Happy Independence Day!”

Happy Independence Day! What a wonderful day to spend with family and friends.
How will your dog feel about the 4th of July?

More pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of year. Many dogs get so anxious about the fireworks that they will do almost anything to try and escape.

Top 5 Tips to keep your dog safe.

1) Keep your pets home.
Unless your dog has been specifically trained to tolerate large, unpredictable noises (like a gun dog), please keep them home today. You can leave some music playing or the TV on to help drown out the background noise from local fireworks. If your dog is crate trained, this is a good day to use it.

2) Do not light fireworks near a dog.
Some of you will be lighting your own fireworks tonight. Be aware that the noise and sight of fireworks is startling to most dogs. Also, be aware that if a dog were to ingest the used packaging from fireworks, it could be toxic to them. Dispose of the fireworks properly.

3) Watch out for BBQ foods!
Rich, savory meats can cause vomiting or diarrhea. Corn on the cob, if ingested, could become lodged and require surgery. Grapes can cause renial failure and chocolate is toxic to some dogs. Keep your dog on his normal diet, even today!
4) Do not put sunscreen or insect repellent on your dog.
Also be sure to keep your dog away form citronella candles, insect coils, matches, and lighter fluid. All of these products will probably be out today, so be careful your dog keeps his distance!

5) Have fun, and be responsible.
Keep your dog from ingesting alcohol and be sure that you limit your alcohol intake if you have a dog in your care.

I do hope that everyone has a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and good times.

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