a group of dogs sitting next to each other.
30% Off
for New Dog
Boarding Clients!
Valid thru 9/30/23. *not applicable during major holidays
holiday dog boarding

Tips for a Fun and Safe 4th of July With Your Dog

When you think of the 4th of July in San Diego County, you probably imagine the fun, delicious food, and celebration with friends and family, but your dog doesn’t see it this way. In fact, July 5th is known as being one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters, overwhelmed by scared pets who attempted to get away from the loud noises. However, 4th of July celebrations aren’t just anxiety-inducing for dogs, they can also be dangerous. If you’re traveling for your Independence Day celebration, the stress of travel and being in an unfamiliar place can make all of these feelings even worse. So whether you’ll be away from home because you’re traveling or attending a nearby celebration, consider holiday dog boarding for your furry friends, where they’ll be safe, happy, and well cared for.

In addition to this, keep the following tips in mind when preparing for the 4th of July celebrations so they can go as smoothly as possible for you and your dog.

Don’t leave alcoholic beverages unattended

Alcoholic beverages can potentially be poisonous for dogs. Ingestion of alcoholic beverages can cause your dog to become intoxicated, weak, depressed, and in severe cases, it can even lead to a coma. Alcohol ingestion can also lead to respiratory failure for some dogs, which can be fatal. 

holiday dog boarding

Only use sunscreen and insect repellents made specifically for pets

Avoid using any sunscreen on your dog that isn’t made specifically for pets, because ingestion of regular sunscreen may cause drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. In addition to this, insect repellents containing DEET may cause neurological issues in dogs and other animals.

Keep in mind that too much sun and heat can be dangerous for dogs

July means hot and, in some areas, humid, weather! If the weather is extremely hot and humid, it may be best to keep your dog indoors. If your dog is outside, make sure he has access to shade and plenty of water. In addition to this, avoid leaving him outside for long periods of time, especially if he will be unattended. You should also learn the signs of overheating and treat your dog immediately if you notice this happening.

Keep matches and lighter fluid away from dogs

Some matches contain chlorates, which can damage blood cells and cause difficulty breathing or kidney disease when ingested. Lighter fluid can cause skin irritation or gastrointestinal irritation if ingested. Ingested lighter fluid may also cause central nervous system depression and if inhaled, can cause aspiration pneumonia and breathing problems.

Stick to your dog’s normal diet

Even small deviations from your dog’s usual diet can cause severe indigestion and even diarrhea. This is especially true for senior dogs, who have delicate digestive systems and specific nutritional needs. Additionally, certain foods like onions, chocolate, coffee, avocados grapes, raisins, salt, and yeast dough can be toxic to dogs. Get more details about human foods that can be toxic for dogs here.

holiday dog boarding

Keep dogs away from glow jewelry

Although the substances contained in glow jewelry is made to be non-toxic for humans, it can cause excessive drooling and gastrointestinal irritation in dogs. Intestinal blockage may also occur if your dog swallows large pieces of plastic from the plastic container glow jewelry is made from. 

Keep your dog away from citronella candles, insect coils, and tiki torch oil products

All of these products can cause stomach irritation or even central nervous system depression if they are ingested. If inhaled, they may cause aspiration pneumonia.

Don’t use fireworks around dogs

Aside from the fact that exposure to lit fireworks can cause severe burns, injuries, and trauma to your dog’s face and paws, unused fireworks are a hazard as well. Many fireworks contain substances that are toxic for dogs like potassium nitrate, arsenic, and other metals.

Keep your dog away from loud, crowded fireworks displays

While these events may be fun for you as a human, most dogs just find them overwhelming and frightening. Dogs often become scared or disoriented by the sound of fireworks, so it’s best to keep them safe and comfortable in a secure area of your home. You may also want to consider holiday dog boarding, which will ensure your dog will be safe, secure, and well taken care of. 

If you will be keeping your dog at home while you go out, make sure that wherever your dog is kept is escape-proof and safe. Dogs can easily get hurt when trying to escape or by successfully escaping and leaving home. It may also help to play with your dog and exercise him before the fireworks begin so he’ll be tired and potentially even sleep through the noise. Leaving a TV or radio on with soothing music or other calming sounds may also help calm your dog by drowning out the sound of fireworks.

holiday dog boarding

Holiday Dog Boarding: Trust Fon Jon to Keep Your Pet Safe This 4th of July!

Whether it’s holiday dog boarding, regular dog boarding, or daycare, at Fon Jon Pet Care, our campers are always treated with love and care. We want your dog to feel like Fon Jon Pet Care is his home away from home! 

Our unique dog boarding facility is perfect for your camper to spend his day outside running around and playing with other dogs! Dog boarding and daycare campers are monitored all day so we can keep an active and safe environment. Our outdoor play yard is very spacious and has a park-like setting, offering a variety of ramps, kiddie pools, and other fun-filled activities available for them all day!

We have more than 70 years of experience providing top-quality dog boarding, grooming, daycare, and training in San Diego County. Visit our website or call us at (858) 490-2117 to learn more about our dog boarding packages. You can also make an appointment online!

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and does not constitute veterinary advice. While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the information presented, it should not be considered as a substitute for professional veterinary guidance. Always consult a qualified veterinarian for specific advice tailored to your pet’s individual needs and health condition.

a group of dogs sitting next to each other.

20% Off
for New
Boarding Clients!
*not applicable during major holidays

a blue rectangle with a blue background.

Petcare articles

view all articles
A group of dogs and cats on a pink background.
August 31, 2023

The Benefits of Pet Socialization: A Guide to Safe and Effective Practices

Introduction Pet Socialization is an often overlooked yet essential part of pet ownership. No matter what age you got your pet, it’s important to teach them to learn to get along with other animals and people. Let’s explore the value…

A boston terrier dog yawning.
August 31, 2023

Understanding Pet Body Language: A Guide to Reading Your Canine Friend

Introduction Every day, without saying a word, our pets tell us what they’re thinking and feeling through their body language. Animals, like people, have their own distinct ways of communicating feelings, wants, and even danger. Understanding these nonverbal signs is…

dogs running on a grassland surrounded by fence
Photo from Wikimedia Commons
July 18, 2023

10 Essential Tips for Choosing the Right Dog Boarding Facility

When it comes to finding the right dog boarding facility, it’s essential to select one that ensures the well-being and happiness of your furry friend. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to make the best choice. However,…

a dog is petting a person's hand.
July 18, 2023

​​Making the Separation Easier: Pre-Boarding Tips for Dog Owners

Preparing your dog for a boarding stay is of utmost importance to ensure their well-being and reduce separation anxiety. Dogs are social creatures that thrive on routine and familiarity, so being separated from their owners can be stressful. However, with…

a dog eating out of a bowl with a frog on it.
July 18, 2023

What to Pack for Your Dog’s Boarding Stay: A Comprehensive Guide

When it comes to your furry friend’s boarding stay, thorough preparation is key to ensuring their comfort, safety, and well-being. Just like when you’re packing for your own trip, having a comprehensive packing list specifically tailored to your dog’s needs…

Gray Tabby cat in cat boarding house
July 1, 2023

Meow-tastic Escapes: Exploring the Benefits of Cat Boarding

We’ve all been there, right? Picture this: The palm trees are swaying in the images of the sun-soaked beach on your screen, beckoning you towards that much-needed vacation. But just as you’re about to click “book,” a set of gleaming…

a woman putting a towel on a cat.
July 1, 2023

Summer Bathing Guide: Keeping Your Cat Fresh and Clean in the Heat

As summer rolls in, a familiar scene unfolds for many cat owners. Amidst the swaying backyard foliage bathed in the golden sunlight, you spot your cat, gracefully stretched out, basking in the warm glow. Their fur, a magnificent coat that…

a group of dogs being walked on a leash.
June 5, 2023

Good Dog Etiquette for Happy Outings in Public

Good dog etiquette? It’s all about how we, as dog owners, make sure our furry friends behave nicely, especially when they’re around other folks or animals. We’re talking about things like keeping our dogs under control, making sure they’re not…

a dog running through the water with a tennis ball in its mouth.
June 5, 2023

Summer Fun with Your Dog: Beat the Heat and Keep Your Pup Happy

The season of sunshine, beach days, and ice cream cones has arrived, and what better way to enjoy it than with your beloved canine companion by your side? Let’s unleash the summer vibes and venture on a tail-wagging adventure! We’re…

a group of dogs standing next to each other.
June 2, 2023

Pawsitively Happy and Healthy Expert Care Tips for Your Canine Companion

Welcome, dog lovers, to a tail-wagging adventure filled with tips and tricks to keep your four-legged buddies pawsitively happy and healthy! We all know that our canine companions bring boundless joy to our lives, so it’s only fair that we…

a group of dogs standing next to each other.
May 16, 2023

Why Daycare Socialization is Pawsitively Good for Dogs

As a pet owner, you want nothing but the best for your furry friend. One of the ways to ensure that your dog lives a healthy and happy life is to provide them with opportunities for socialization. Daycare socialization for…

a dog is being examined by a veterinator.
May 2, 2023

Identifying And Alleviating Your Dog’s Seasonal Allergies

Common Allergies Affecting Dogs In Spring As the world comes back to life after winter’s slumber, there are a few pesky allergens lurking around that can make our dogs lives a little less enjoyable. Let’s dive into some of the…

Have a

Get a response within 24 hours

50% Off For New Special Clients!

Request Your Boarding Dates

20% Off For New Boarding Clients!

Request Your Boarding Dates