Celebrating the 4th With Fido

The 4th of July is just around the corner! Block parties, picnics, and day trips are on the agenda for lots of our clients. As you prepare to celebrate, you’ll want to keep your canine buddy in mind. This can be a dangerous holiday for pets! A Somerville, MA vet discusses celebrating the 4th with your furry BFF below.


Barbeques are a big part of many holiday celebrations. If you bring Fido with you, be careful not to let him eat anything that isn’t safe. Some foods that are dangerous to dogs include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; avocados (including guacamole); nuts; mushrooms; chocolate; grapes, currants, and raisins; meat on the bone; raw meat, dough, or yeast; and anything containing xylitol. Alcohol, of course, is also unsafe.


July can be pretty hot! Fido may be more comfortable staying indoors, in rooms cooled by heat or air conditioners. If you take your canine pal with you, bring water along for him. If you see signs that your pup is getting too hot, immediately give him some water and get him to a cooler area.


Fireworks are absolutely terrifying to many of our canine buddies. We recommend bringing your pet in before dark. Put Fido in his crate or in a quiet back room, and give him a puzzle toy to keep him occupied. (Tip: try putting peanut butter in a Kong toy, then freeze it for a while.) You may also want to turn a TV or radio on to mask any background noise.

Other Hazards

Going to a picnic or block party? If you take your canine companion with you, keep an eye on the ground. Don’t let your pooch step in broken glass or other hazards. Trash is another concern. The garbage may contain things like bones, skewers, toothpicks, and can lids, which are all very hazardous to our four-legged friends.


When walking your pet, use a sturdy leash, and make sure you have a good grip on it. If something spooks Fido, you don’t want him bolting on you! That said, it’s best to make sure your furry friend is microchipped, wearing ID tags, and current on his vaccinations and parasite control, just in case.

Have a safe and happy Fourth of July! Please reach out to us, your Somerville, MA vet clinic, anytime. We are happy to help!

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