Ah, July, a month known for its beach days and summer nights. But lets focus on the most important aspect of July: Pet Safety Month of course!!!
In the spirit of both national and puppy independence heres a few tips on how to keep your dog safe while celebrating the 4th of July
1. Skip the fireworks– Is your dog afraid of thunder and lightening? They’ll probably have a similar reaction to the loud volume and bright lights of this fine tradition. So while you enjoy the muse of Katy Perry’s hit song, it may be best to leave your dog at home.
*If you feel strongly about bringing your dog along, check out Cesar Millan’s tips for how to prep your pup.
2. Identify your dog– Because the 4th can be a crazy time with tons of people and dogs, it is super important to have your dog’s information up to date so in case they decide to walk on the wild side, they can be safely returned back home. Get a colorful custom dog tag to match your dog’s Hachiko!
Add Some More Bling to that Collar
3. Dog’s want to celebrate too– Red White and Blue bring out your dog’s eyes… Play dress up with your pup. Doggy dressup is fun for all and keeps your pup the center of attention. Check out Bloomingtails (we love the clever name) for some apparel and accessories you’ll want to wear yourself.
Looking Fine in this Patriotic Getup
4. Keep em cool– It can get hot out there in this summer heat. Visit our tips for how to keep your dog cool on these hot summer days.
Talk About Doggy Paddling
5. Stick to water– Cheers to the weekend and drink up but be sure to keep the alcohol to human consumption only as alcohol is poisonous for dogs and is very dangerous. Read more here.
6. Food danger– It is not only the drinks that can be bad for your dog’s health. There are lots of foods at those delicious BBQ’s that your dog should steer clear of. You may think it’s ok to sneak your dog a bite of burger but beware because they might grab an onion or chive which could be harmful. Check out a complete list of dangerous foods here. Keep it festive and feed your dog some made in the USA dog food.
7. Celebrate Dog Health!- If you’re in the NYC area, enjoy a post 4th safety celebration with low cost vaccinations.
BONUS: Patriotic pup saluting the American flag
Read more from our dog sources:
Top Ten Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips from PetMd
Fourth of July Safety Tips from ASPCA
Pet-Friendly 4th of July Tips from American Kennel Club