Barkworthies 4th of July Safety Tips!
Barkworthies hopes you’re looking forward to tomorrow’s Independence Day celebrations as much as we are. As you prepare for tomorrow’s festivities, make sure you set aside some time to pet-proof your party environment ahead of the celebration. For dogs, the 4th of July creates a few special considerations. Because of this, we’ve put together a brief guide with some great tips to help you and your dog enjoy tomorrow’s festivities to the fullest.
Dogs get nearly as excited as people for a cookout. With bits of food flying around and the smell of grilled meat in the air, there’s a lot to get your dog worked up.
However, trash and food scraps from a cookout can be hazardous to your dog. Items like tin foil and paper plates — which are covered in juicy goodness — are often confused as food. Ingesting these inedible items is sure to cause complications. In the worst case scenario it may even prompt a trip to the vet!
It’s nearly impossible to make sure nobody throws your dog a scrap of food here and there. And while chances are a small amount of people food won’t harm your dog, avoiding it entirely is the best option. Ask your guests to ignore the begging and don’t give in to those sad little puppy eyes!
Laying out food in a buffet style also increases the chance of your dog nabbing some potentially unhealthy food. Greasy foods can be tough on a dog’s digestive system causing cramps, indigestion and may even lead to pancreatitis. Many prepared foods also have other ingredients which may be toxic to dogs.
Dogs are darn good at finding their way into things they shouldn’t. This is doubly true when food is involved! Uncovered trash bins and plastic bags are an open invitation for dogs. Consider using a weighted or tamper proof lid for your trash bins.
Fireworks are something something we look forward to all year. However, many dogs dread the thunderous explosions and striking lights. The loud explosions can send even the toughest dogs running for cover. There are a few ways to help your dog manage, though.
If you’ve got some time, spend the day before hanging out with your dog and playing sound clips of fireworks. Of course, an audio recording of fireworks isn’t convincing to us, but it will help to desensitize your dog to the real thing. While playing the firework sounds, play a game or cuddle up with your dog to build a positive association. After a few sessions, you might be surprised how Fido reacts to this year’s show!
Hanging out in a crowded space with unknown folks and loud noises may give your pup anxiety. Fireworks are a frequent cause of dogs becoming lost. Given the chance, many dogs will run away. Make sure your dog is wearing up-to-date tags!
July is one of the hottest months of the year. Sometimes it’s so hot we avoid going outside altogether! In fact, spending too much time outside during these hot months can be dangerous. Heat stroke is a very real danger this time of year. Familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of heat stroke. Check out the ASPCA’s list of Hot Weather Tips to help you and your dog beat the heat this summer.
If you’re planning on having dogs at your cookout, make sure you’re able to provide them with a shady area to relax. Access to plenty of clean drinking water is also necessary. It’s much harder for dogs to cool off during the summer so take the proper steps to ensure your dog will be safe spending the day outside with family and friends.