4 Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy on the Fourth of July

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The Fourth is right around the corner, and with it all the good times we have come to expect. Fireworks, barbecues, hanging out with friends and family -- Independence Day is certainly a celebration of what it means to be free.To most people, everything about the holiday seems like a great time, but to our furry friends, the Fourth can be a stress-filled occasion.Here are a few tips to keep your dog happy this Independence Day.

1. Food and Alcohol

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Odds are, your celebration is going to have some tasty treats and icy beverages. Food and drink are all well and good, but in terms of our pets, human foods are best  avoided. While a nibble off a hot dog or a burger probably won’t hurt them, anything with onions, garlic, chocolate, or alcohol should be kept well out of their reach.

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2. Crowds

crowdThe Fourth is a big outdoor party day, and if your dog is in attendance, the stress of being around so many people could start to wear on them. If your dog doesn't do well in crowds and you can’t leave them at home, first make sure everyone at the party knows to give your dog a break. Second, you should plan to stay by their side the entire time, so if things do get out of hand, you are there to offer cuddles and a calming treat (or two).

3. Heat

summer-dogStaying outside all day in the sun is a perfect way to spend a holiday, but it is also a surefire way to dehydrate your dog. Imagine if you had to run around in a fur coat all day! To help your dog beat the heat, keep a steady supply of water on hand. And, if you can, try to find a shady spot for them to recharge their battery.RELATED STORY: 7 Unsuspected Pet Dangers of Summer

4. Fireworks

fireworksFIREWORKS! Everyone’s favorite part of the holiday -- except for our pooches. The loud noises and dense crowds are essentially a perfect storm for an anxiety attack. The best way to avoid this is simple: leave your dog at home!But if that is not possible, try to stay on the outskirts of the viewing area, making it possible to beat a quick retreat if it seems like Fido can’t take all the excitement. Stay by their side, pet them for reassurance, bring a toy to distract them -- anything you can do to take their mind off the explosions. And, again, calming treats could be a life saver.RELATED STORY: 4th of July Safety Kit for PetsTo keep your pet safe and healthy, sign up for PetPlus. PetPlus is a benefit program for pet owners that provides member-only access to medications at wholesale prices, plus discounts on food, supplies, vet visits, boarding, and more. Learn more at PetPlus.com.
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