4th of July Safety Tips for Dogs
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While we humans look forward to the backyard barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks that fall on 4th of July weekend, all of the commotion can be terribly stressful for our dogs. In fact, more dogs run away from home on the 4th of July than on any other day of the year! From barbecue scraps, to firecrackers, to open alcohol containers, there are more accidents waiting to happen than we can count on two paws. Luckily, The Doggy Dojo is here with some precautions you can take to make sure your pup stays out of harm’s way over the holiday weekend. Read on to learn more about our 4th of July safety tips for dogs.
Keep your dog indoors The best way to ensure your pup’s safety over the 4th of July is by keeping her indoors, away from the grill and fireworks. If she’s crate trained, your dog will feel safe in a small room or in her cage. Otherwise, let her roam free. Either way, be sure she has access to food and water.
Keep food out of paw’s reach The spread at your backyard barbecue will undoubtedly be delicious. However, many of our favorite dishes are dangerous for our four-legged friends and should be kept out of paw’s reach. Check out our article on 5 foods that are toxic to your dog for the specifics!
Distract your dog with a tasty treat Just because your dog can’t eat traditional barbecue fare at your 4th of July bash doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy a tasty treat of her own. Consider making a batch of frozen treats for your dog to keep her happy and cool this holiday weekend.
Monitor guest arrival and departure With so many people coming and going during your 4th of July festivities, it’s important to make guests aware of your four-legged friend. A door or gate left open for too long presents an opportunity for your dog to sneak out and run away from home. Making signs and taping them to entry and exit points serves as a good reminder for guests to be extra cautious.
Update your dog’s identification In the unfortunate event that your dog slips away, it’s important that her identification tags and microchip are up-to-date. Have you recently moved, or do you have a new phone number? Be sure to call your dog’s microchip company and have your information updated.
We hope our 4th of July safety tips for dogs are helpful as you prepare to celebrate this weekend. If your dog is prone to anxiety during thunderstorms, you may want to talk to your veterinarian about having a mild sedative prescribed. The medication will help your dog relax during the weekend festivities. How do you keep your dog safe and happy over the 4th of July weekend? Share your tips with us on The Doggy Dojo Facebook page.