Fourth of July Safety for Dogs

The Fourth is just around the corner! As you make plans for the summer holiday, keep your canine best buddy in mind. America’s birthday can be dangerous for Fido! A Bolingbrook, IL vet offers tips on keeping your dog safe below.


There’s nothing wrong with giving Fido a treat, but be careful what you offer. Many popular foods are poisonous to dogs. Some things on the no-no list include grapes, currants, and raisins; nuts; chocolate; pitted fruits, especially avocado; garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; raw dough, meat, or yeast; meat on the bone; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.


Many dogs are terrified of fireworks. Bring your four-legged buddy inside before the light show starts. If your canine companion is frightened of loud noises, put him in his crate or an interior room with comfy bedding and puzzle toys, and turn a radio on to mask the noise. You may also want to limit Fido’s time outdoors for a few days before and after the holiday.


July can be scorching hot. Overheating is very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend! Make sure Fido always has water and access to shade. If you notice your furry pal panting heavily or drooling, immediately give him some water and take him inside, to a room cooled by climate control.


For extra tail wags, offer Fido a cold snack, like some doggy ice cream or pupsicles. Instant happy dog!


Grills and dogs are not a good combination! Fido could get singed by sparks, or burn his mouth trying to snap up something that dropped off the grill. Keep your pooch away from the flames.


If you’re taking Fido to a pool or beach, keep a close eye on him. Never leave dogs unattended near water, even for just a minute.


Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos love summertime. Keep up with your pup’s parasite control products!


Fido has been known to dig through the garbage in search of a yummy snack. This can be a dangerous habit! Use garbage cans with secure lids.

Other Hazards

Lighter fluid, bug spray, torch oil, and other chemicals are very toxic to Fido. Keep these things out of your dog’s reach.

Enjoy your holiday! Please contact us, your Bolingbrook, IL pet clinic, if we can ever be of assistance. We’re here to help!

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