4th of July – USA, USA, USA!

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

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.  However, please remember the street is usually very hot (put the back of your hand on the asphalt and if 5 seconds is too hot, it’s too hot for paws), therefore can be harmful to dogs paws (see previous post.)  Parades can also be very overwhelming even to the friendliest of dogs because of crowds.  Our little downtown parade expects a crowd with up to 40,000 people.  Sherlock will be staying home in the comforts of air conditioning.  Fireworks are banned in our neighborhood, so evenings and nights are quite at home.

BBQing with family is what will be happening at our home in the afternoon.  As a puppy Sherlock has been known to counter surf.  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 in 2015 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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