If your dog is like most dogs, it loves to play and socialize, and summertime events such as 4th of July picnics and barbecues provide prime opportunities for both. However, lurking beneath the surface of all the fun and frolicking are very real dangers that pose serious threats for your furry friend. Here's how to keep your pup problem-free free during summer activities and festivities.
Many dogs are frightened by loud noises, and 4th of July fireworks celebrations are pure torture for them because of all the fireworks. Even if your dog isn't noticeably disturbed by loud noises, it's best to err on the side of caution and not take it with you when you attend a fireworks display. Unfortunately, more dogs disappear during fireworks season than at any other time of the year, so always take special precautions. If you must leave your dog along during fireworks displays, always ensure that he has no means of escape while you are gone. Leave it in the room it feels most comfortable in and close the door before you leave. You can also discuss the possibility of certain medications to help keep your dog calm during the revelry. However, if you can swing it, stay home with your furry friend -- your presence is the best antidote over fear caused by fireworks. Also, keep in mind that private individuals may be letting off fireworks of their own for several days before or after community fireworks shows.
Naturally, your dog will want to be present for the fun, and if you're grilling steaks, hamburgers, or other delicious things, his excellent sense of smell will make him want to be there for the food as well. However, many human foods are poisonous to dogs, and well-meaning backyard barbecue guests may slip your furry friend a treat which could result in a sudden trip to the emergency animal clinic. Human foods that dogs should never eat include, garlic, onions, chives, chocolate, macadamia nuts, dairy products, and snack foods.
Chances are your dog enjoys a good walk in the woods as much as you do. However, potential dangers lurk in the wilderness. Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever pose significant potential threats to dogs, so make sure they are up-to-date on applicable flea and tick medications. Also, make sure your dog is in good enough shape for long rambles in the woods. Always make sure that your pet has proper identification -- microchips are best because they can't fall off -- in the event it becomes lost.
If you need further help, contact a center like Berlin Township Animal Hospital.