Independence Day is coming up fast! We know many of you are looking forward to getting together with family and friends this year. Our canine patients also love summer gatherings. They’re also quite prone to mischief, so you’ll need to take a few precautions to keep Fido cool, comfy, and safe. A local Greater Cincinnati vet offers some tips on this below.
The noise and commotion of fireworks can send many pooches into a blind panic. Even the sweetest dog can bolt if they get frightened! You definitely want to take extra precautions. Bring Fido in before dusk. If your canine buddy is very scared of loud noises, turn a TV or radio on to mask the noise.
Fido should always have plenty of fresh, cool water available. If you want to keep your furry best friend cool and entertained, offer him a fountain or a kiddie pool to splash around in. This is also really cute to watch!
Are you headed to a friend or family member’s? If you bring Fido along, don’t let him off-leash. Even during the day, people sometimes start the celebrations early. Late afternoon bottle rocket launches are entirely possible. Keep your pooch on a leash, and don’t leave him unattended.
The dog days of summer aren’t quite here yet, but the scorching temperatures are. Keep your four-legged pal cool! Fido should always have access to shade and/or rooms cooled by fans or AC. You may also want to get your pet a cooling vest, or give him a cold towel to relax on.
One thing we have in common with our furry patients? We all love barbecues! You can give your canine companion a plain brat or burger, but don’t let him have any type of meat on the bone. Other unsafe foods include garlic and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; avocados (even as guacamole); chocolate; alcohol; and pitted fruits.
If you have a yard, make sure that your fencing is secure and that your gate latches securely. Fido should also be fixed, microchipped, and wearing ID tags. Training is also important. Teach your pooch simple commands, like Come and Stay.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if ever we can be of assistance. As your Greater Cincinnati veterinary clinic, we’re here to help!