Top Five Fourth of July Hazards for Dogs

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Pet experts wanting to get a little free publicity share some Independence Day safety tips spent the last couple days flooding our inboxes with reminders on how to keep your dogs sane this holiday.

Here are some of the hazards to avoid:

See also:
-14 Best Fourth of July Parties in Metro Phoenix
-10 Places to See Fourth of July Fireworks in Metro Phoenix


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You've invited a family, a few friends and the nice neighbors over for a festive backyard cookout. Remind them that no matter how much your pooch begs, table food -- especially onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes, raisins, and salt -- can all be potentially toxic.

Experts say that any change, even for one meal, can give your pets severe indigestion and diarrhea. Older animals are more susceptible to digestive problems.

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Not to harsh anyone's mellow, but it's a good idea to take extra steps to protect your dogs and cats during the Fourth and maybe for a day or two before and after.

For one thing, pets can get real upset about firecrackers going off, even a block or two away.  The heavy duty ratatat of a professional fireworks display can drive them up a wall.  Bring the pets indoors and maybe turn on  familiar TV show, or soothing music or somesuch to mask the bangbang.

Second, there are enough sickies out there, mostly kids but not all, who can think up ugly things to do with animals they can grab and fireworks that they have.

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