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July Fourth Safety Tips for Your Dog

July Fourth is coming up fast. Will your canine companion be included in the festivities? Make sure they stay safe and sound with these quick tips from your Happy Valley, OR veterinarian:

Forgo the Fireworks

It’s tempting to bring your pooch along to the local fireworks display, but it’s best to reconsider. Most dogs—even those who are exceedingly well-trained—don’t take kindly to the bright flashes and bone-rattling booms of fireworks! In fact, more dogs run away on the evening of July Fourth than on any other day of the year. Avoid the hassle of a lost pet by keeping your dog at home for the evening, secured in an escape-proof room.

Hot Weather Hazards

Hot weather and July Fourth just seem to go hand-in-hand. Remember: your dog isn’t exactly well-equipped to handle summer weather on his own, especially if he’ll be spending time outside. Make sure to allow your dog indoors frequently to cool off, and offer a large dish of cool, fresh water at all times. It’s also important to have your dog up-to-date on all necessary pest preventatives to ward off the dangers of fleas, ticks, disease-spreading mosquitoes, and parasitic worms.

Does your dog need preventative medications or vaccinations? We’re here for you—call to schedule an appointment for your dog today.

Toxic Food Troubles

There are many picnic and party foods that dogs shouldn’t have. The list includes onions, garlic, chives, scallions, shallots, grapes and raisins, avocado, chocolate, candy, certain nuts, salty foods like chips and pretzels, fatty foods, caffeinated foods and beverages, and much more. It’s safest to restrict your dog’s access to the goodie table entirely; feed him his own meal instead.

Alcohol Awareness

Will your Fourth of July celebrations include alcoholic beverages? Remember that alcohol of all sorts—beer, liquor, wine, champagne, even foods cooked with alcohol—can prove very dangerous to our canine companions! Alcohol will affect your dog just like it affects you, except that it only takes a small amount to result in poisoning. Keep a close eye on all drinks during your party or picnic, and never give your dog alcohol on purpose.

If you would like more tips for keeping your dog safe this holiday, or if your dog needs preventative medications or other summertime safety measures, contact your Happy Valley, OR veterinary clinic. We’re here to help with all of your pet’s most important care needs!

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