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Get BBQ Ready: Tips for a Successful 4th of July with your Dog

BBQs are a favorite summer activity for dogs and humans. While you're flipping burgers and passing out beers, it’s important to keep your dog safe and entertained so you can have even more fun. Here are a few tips for bringing your pup along to the 4th of July celebration.

Celebrate July 4th With Your Dog

Do You Know What Your Dog Can Eat?

As much as your dog would love to eat food right off the grill, not everything is safe for them. Here’s a quick guide to BBQ. 

  • Burgers: Yes! Plain, cooked burgers can be a great treat for your dog. (Just make sure there are no added seasonings or toppings.)

  • Corn on the Cob: Corn itself is fine, but the cob can be a choking hazard or cause an intestinal blockage.

  • Garlic, Onions, and Bones: Garlic and onions are toxic to dogs, and bones, especially from ribs, can splinter and cause internal injuries.

Keep Them Cool & Hydrated

Hydration is essential for our furry friends, especially on hot summer days. Make sure your dog stays cool and refreshed by offering them shade, multiple water bowls that are regularly refilled. Try freezing some fruit or treats for your pup to give themsome much needed releaf.  

Make Sure They Have Their Own Treats

Instead of dealing with your dog begging for a cheeseburger off your dinner plate, keep them happy with their own long-lasting treats. This will ensure your dog doesn't consume anything not meant for them.

Create a Safe Space

Not everyone loves dogs, and not all dogs love strangers! Monitor your pup’s interactions to prevent stress, show your guests how your dog likes to be pet, and create a soft, private space for your dog to head to if they feel overwhelmed. 

Plan for Fireworks and Loud Noises

4th of July fireworks, loud music, and other sudden noises can be frightening or overwhelming for your pup. Keep your dog indoors and in their safe space during the fireworks to help reduce anxiety.


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