Parades, barbecues, family gatherings and fireworks are the hallmarks of our Independence Day celebrations. But, be aware that fireworks are frightening to many dogs. When dogs panic from firework noise, they often run and many dogs have been lost this way. Be sure to keep your pet on a lead or keep her/him indoors.
Just as you would keep an eye on small children, be aware of where your pet is and what s/he is doing when you are at gatherings. Whether you're in the backyard, at the beach or someplace else enjoying a lazy day of summer, don't let your pet get too close to the grill or fire pit. Avoid gastrointestinal emergencies by keeping your pet away from charcoal and discarded food items such as fish or sparerib bones, pits from fruit (including avocado), corn cobs, skewers and garbage in general.
If you and your furry buddy are out in the car and you need to stop at a store, NEVER leave your pet in the car. Even though some people don't think temperatures in the 80s feel too warm; in an enclosed, sunny space such as a vehicle, the temperature can reach over 110 degrees in just 10 minutes. This can cause heat-stress or heat stroke in a pet, which can lead to death.
If you see an animal locked in a vehicle in a parking lot, intervention may be necessary. Try to locate the owner of the car through the store or restaurant's paging system or contact the police to free the animal.