Fourth of July Safety for Dogs

America’s birthday is just around the corner! This is a great time to relax with friends and family members, soaking up some sun and perhaps enjoying a barbeque before the fireworks. Of course, Fido is an important part of the family, and loves to accompany his humans. Just be sure to put your pet’s safety first! Here, a Greensboro, NC vet discusses July 4th safety tips for dogs.


Fido will be paying very close attention to the menu. It’s fine to offer him a special treat, but be careful not to give him anything that could be dangerous. Some things to avoid include garlic, onions, and scallions; nuts; pitted fruits, especially avocado; meat on the bone; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; alcohol; and anything containing xylitol. Ask your vet for specific advice.


July is one of the hottest months of the year. Make sure your canine companion always has water and access to shady areas. Keep a close eye on Fido, and make sure he doesn’t overheat. Some warning signs are panting, drooling, a warm back, dark urine, pale or red gums, trembling, and lethargy. If you see any of these symptoms, immediately take your dog to a cool place, give him water, and call your vet.


Once everyone has finished eating, immediately throw out uneaten food and put away leftovers. The trash may contain dangerous items, such as bones, skewers, tinfoil, and plastic wrap. Use a trashcan with a secure lid, just in case Fido gets any bright ideas about digging through the garbage for snacks.


Many of our canine pals are terrified of fireworks. If your dog is one of them, bring Fido inside before the show starts. Put him in a quiet back room, and turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise. Pet-calming products, such as treats, sprays, and shirts, may also help. Ask your vet for more information. Also, make sure your pup is microchipped and wearing current ID tags.

Other Hazards

Keep Fido away from hot grills; fireworks; and chemicals, such as gasoline, lighter fluid, and suntan lotion. Fleas and ticks are also problematic in summer, so make sure your furry buddy is current on his vaccinations and parasite control products.

Please call us, your Greensboro, NC animal clinic, for all of your dog’s veterinary care needs. We are here to help!

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