4th of July – USA, USA, USA!

4th of July is a great day to celebrate.  Parades, bbqs, friends, family and FIREWORKS.  4th of July celebrations are designed for humans, not dogs (sad emoji.)  Many dogs are unaffected by the loud boom and crackles of fireworks.  But, if your dog isn’t a fan, please keep him in mind during this day of celebration.  There are some natural/non-pharma products on the market to try to help your pooch during stressful occasions.

Thundershirt – just like swaddling a baby.  Snug as a bug in a rug.

Rescue Remedy – Natural herbal calming drops.

Chill out treats – lavender and lemon balm treats

Parades are a lot of fun.  But, please remember the street is usually very hot and can be harmful to dogs paws (see post from 7/1.)  Parades because of the crowds can also be very overwhelming even to the friendliest of dogs.

BBQing with family is what will be happening at our home in the afternoon.  As a puppy Sherlock has been known to countersurf.  I’ve learned to not leave him unsupervised during a party, it’s way too tempting for him.  My new thought is to set him up for success, keep him safe, and not put him in a situation that could cause him harm.  There are lots of food that is harmful to dogs – onions, grapes, lots of fatty meat, avocados, Xylitol (sugar substitute.)  Plan ahead for a safe place for your dog to hang (we failed at that on New Years day.)  Cheers!

Sherlock eating Champagne cake from Buttercream Bakery in Napa, CA.
2015 New Years Day Sherlock eating Champagne cake from Buttercream Bakery in Napa, CA.

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