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Fourth of July Dangers for Dogs

July 01, 2016

The Fourth is just around the corner! Many of us are really looking forward to spending some time with friends and family members, perhaps grilling or swimming before the fireworks start. Independence Day can be very dangerous for our canine friends, however, so you’ll want to take some precautions to keep Fido safe and sound on America’s birthday. In this article, a local San Jose, CA vet lists some July Fourth hazards for dogs.

Escape Attempts

Every year, many of our four-legged friends are reported missing after the Fourth. Fireworks are very scary to dogs! Fido won’t understand why there are suddenly loud noises and flashing lights in the sky. Even the most loyal pup can run away if he is scared. Keep your canine pal indoors as much as possible around the Fourth. If your pooch has a yard to patrol, check your fencing and gates, and make sure they are sturdy and secure. Also, when walking your dog around the summer holiday, be sure to get a good grip on his leash. Your furry buddy should also be microchipped and wearing current ID tags.


We strongly recommend bringing Fido indoors after dark. If your pet is afraid of loud noises, put him in his crate or in a quiet back room, and turn on a TV or radio to mask the noise. If your canine friend frightens easily, ask your vet about using pet-calming products, such as sprays, treats, collars, or close-fitting doggy shirts.


The Fourth can be pretty hot! Make sure your furry buddy always plenty of water and a cool, comfy spot to rest in.

Other Hazards

Light shows and escapes aren’t the only dangers dogs face on America’s birthday. Glow sticks, lighter fluid, bug spray, and sunscreen are all very toxic to Fido. Keep these things away from your pup!


Make sure not to let your canine pal eat any dangerous foods, such as garlic, chives, and onions; grapes, currants, and raisins; chocolate; avocados; nuts; pitted fruits; raw yeast, meat, or potatoes; and anything containing xylitol. Bones and barbeque skewers are also very dangerous for dogs. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have any questions about your dog’s health or care? Call us today! As your local San Jose, CA animal clinic, we are here to serve all of your pet’s veterinary care needs.