Fourth of July Safety for Dogs

America’s birthday is just around the corner! Many of us are looking forward to spending the Fourth of July with friends and family. However, the Fourth is actually one of the most dangerous holidays for dogs. In this article, an Oconomowoc, WI vet offers tips on keeping Fido safe on Independence Day.


There are few better ways to spend a summer holiday than grilling. Barbeques can be very dangerous for Fido, however. Keep a close eye on your pet, especially as people are coming and going. It’s very easy for dogs to slip out an open gate! You’ll also want to be sure not to let your furry pal eat any dangerous foods, such as avocados; garlic and onions; pitted fruits; alcohol; grapes, currants and raisins; and products containing xylitol. Dispose of leftovers immediately in secure trashcans, and be careful not to let your dog have any bones or barbeque skewers.


Although many of our canine friends love the water, swimming can be very dangerous for Fido. If you bring your pet to a pool, make sure that he knows where the pool stairs are. Basic training is also very important: make sure Fido knows and obeys important commands like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down before taking him swimming. Also, never leave your pooch unattended near water.


Every year, many dogs are reported missing after the Fourth. Even the calmest, most loving pet can bolt if he is frightened. Keep Fido inside as much as possible on the Fourth, and for a few days before and after. We also strongly recommend making sure Fido is microchipped, and is wearing current ID tags.


Many dogs find fireworks absolutely terrifying. When the fireworks start, Fido will likely be both calmer and more comfortable in a quiet back room. Turn on a TV or radio to help mask the noise.

Other Hazards

Insect repellant, lighter fluid, sunscreens, citronella candles, and glow sticks are all very dangerous for Man’s Best Friend. Keep hazardous items away from your furry buddy.


July can be brutally hot. Make sure your pup has plenty of water. If it’s really hot out, keep an eye on Fido. If he starts panting heavily, bring him inside, where it’s cooler.

Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Call us, your Oconomowoc, WI animal clinic, today!

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