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Posted on 06-28-2018

4th of July With Pets: Your Survival Guide

Fourth of July is a special time for all Americans, and it is a holiday filled with many wonderful things. Like many families, you must be planning for the festivities that come with Fourth of July including pools, barbecues and the day would not be complete without a fireworks display. However as much fun as the day may seem, it can be dangerous for your pet. According to the veterinarian at Bloom Plaza Animal Hospital in San Jose, you need to keep your pet safe in the midst of the celebrations. Below are some risks your pet faces and how to overcome them.

Dog celebrating 4th of July

Barbeque Foods and Hot Grills

In the hot summer, having a barbeque in your backyard can seem like the best way to spend your holiday. Foods that are perfectly healthy for human consumption may be very toxic to your pet. One example is hot dogs because dogs are not used to consuming such huge amounts of salts and preservatives, and it can lead to digestive problems.

Your pet can be sneaky and try to steal from the grill. To avoid such an incidence, we advise you to never leave the grill unattended.

Summer Heat

For pets, the summer heat can sometimes be intolerable. Dogs and cats, unlike humans, do not have sweat glands on their skin and their fur can tend to lock in heat. During the summer ensure that the dog stays hydrated consistently. If you release him in the yard make sure he has a place to shelter from the sun. Also, make sure your dog has a bowl of cold water he can drink if he gets hot.


The holiday cannot be complete without a display of fireworks. If you are going to see the fireworks display, ensure you have your pet on a leash. Pets can be sensitive to the fireworks and may be alarmed and run away. The combination of loud fireworks and the crowd can leave your pet scared and seek shelter. 

Contact Bloom Plaza Animal Hospital

While 4th of July is an exciting time for you, it is not so exciting for your pet. Make sure you seek pet ideas from a veterinarian at Bloom Plaza Animal Hospital in San Jose on how to keep your pet safe this holiday season

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