The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it is one of the best times of the year to celebrate with family and friends. Fourth of July celebrations are often not the best places for dogs, however. They introduce a wide variety of hazards that are easily avoided. Here, we look at some tips to help you keep your dog safe this summer.

No scraps!

Fourth of July barbecues are a timeless tradition. Delicious food, great company, and a national holiday are great reasons to celebrate. It is important to remember that no matter how delicious your hamburgers, ribs, chicken wings, and hot dogs might be, they are not dog food. These foods contain way more fat than your dog needs, and can quickly cause an upset stomach. Furthermore, rib bones and chicken bones can be dangerous for your dog. Our advice? Keep the people food for the people, and stock up on some dog treats for your furry friends this Fourth of July.

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Events like your annual barbecue are some of the most common time when dogs go missing. With so many people at your home, chances are good that someone might leave a door or gate open at some point. It is important to ensure that everyone is aware that you have pets, and that the doors and gates need to be closed. As we discussed in a previous blog, we highly suggest having your dog microchipped, so that if they do go missing, chances are better that they will be returned.

Keep your dogs at home

Just like you, we love our canine companions, and want to take them with us wherever we go. But there are certain places that are simply unfit for a dog, and a fireworks display is definitely one of them. The loud noises and crowds of unusual people and smells can drive your dog crazy, and can also be dangerous. Your pet may become frightened and escape, looking for shelter. Leaving them in your car is also a bad idea (and illegal in California). Your best bet is to leave your dog safely at home while you enjoy the festivities.

Independence Day should be a day you enjoy, and if your pet goes missing, or becomes sick, it won’t be. By following the tips we have outlined in this blog you will have a much better chance of ensuring a fun and safe time for you and your dog. If you need mobile vet services in Los Angeles, we can help. Our vets are standing by around the clock to help you with all of your emergency needs. Contact us today.