Prepping Your Pup For The 4th of July

July 4th weekend is a favorite holiday of a lot of people... especially Southern Californians who like to take advantage of our epic beach weather and sunny days outdoors. While you may be prepping by going to the store to grab those hot dog buns and watermelon, consider taking just as much time to prep your plans and environment for your pup.

And no, we don't mean just having the essentials for your dog if you plan to include them on your holiday outings. We mean making sure that your plans for the long weekend take into account making sure that your dog is comfortable and safe throughout the weekend.

For humans, this weekend is filled with early summer vibes, fun around large groups of people, loud music and of course fireworks! But if we want to look at the same scenario from a dog's perspective, they may experience warm temperatures that are too hot for their paw pads, large groups that can cause them anxiety and loud music and fireworks that frankly, most dogs are terrified of.

So what can you do to help your pup through this? Well, you're in luck, because I've scoured the internet for my favorite outdoor tips and indoor tricks for things to keep in mind and have compiled a list just for you! Keep reading on as we break down some ideas (as well as some tips from our Pack Leaders) for ensuring your dog remains safe during your 4th of July fun.


Here are some general tips to get your started...

1. Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time.

"On a warm day, the temperature in a car can exceed 120° in a matter of minutes—even with the windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation."

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2. Make sure ID information is up to date

"In case your dog does escape during the festivities, be sure they will find their way home. This means they are wearing their collar with ID tags and has a microchip, both with up-to-date information. Why two forms of ID? Because someone may find your dog and not know about microchipping, or maybe the microchip can’t be read by the scanner at the vet they're taken to. Also, tags can be lost. Two IDs are better than one!"

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3. Don't give your pet "table food"

"If you are having a backyard barbeque, you may be tempted to slip some snacks to your pet. But like