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Prepare for July 4th travel with your dog

Be prepared this holiday for the unseen.
Be prepared this holiday for the unseen.
Melissa L Stoneburner

July 4th is a day for family and friends. Who qualifies more than your dog? But there are emergency situations that you should be prepared for with your canine that you may not otherwise consider.

Things like bee stings, eating foreign objects, getting into chocolates, breaking a tooth or if the groomer gets too wild and your dog's nails are cut too short or when their hair is getting trimmed, the skin gets cut and the dog gets an infection. It is important to understand how to address each issue before it arises.

One by one let's take a look at each potential issue.

· Bee stings: Dogs can be allergic to bees, just like humans. In fact, if their allergy is bad enough, the dog parent should be ready for just such a problem by carrying antihistamines and/or an EpiPen. If the dog has never been stung before, it is still good to be well-equipped by travelling with an ice pack. Even without an allergy, it is dangerous if your dog gets stung by his or her eyes, nose or mouth. At that point, it is crucial to get your four-legged companion to a veterinarian to receive treatment.

· Swallowing a foreign object: Dogs are curious creatures. They like to stick their nose in - even where it does not belong. If the object is dangerous, you may have to induce vomiting. Keep the dog quiet; too much excitement will get the dog's blood flowing and can be dangerous to the health of your pet. If the risk is too great, it is very important to get your dog to the local veterinarian!

· Chocolates: As you are most likely aware, chocolates are deadly to dogs - especially dark chocolate. Again, if your dog consumes this treat, it is very important to contact a veterinarian; treatment will be decided based on your dog's weight and how much and what type of chocolate the dog consumed.

· Broken tooth: Just like you, a broken tooth for your dog can cause severe pain and discomfort. Soft foods should be given until the dog can get into the vet - no chew toys or treats (like a rawhide).

· Out of control groomer: If this has never happened to your dog, that is very fortunate, however, cutting a nail too close is a mistake that is easy for a groomer to make. Cutting a dog if it jerks or pulls is also possible. The problem with this is that the dog will like the area to relieve the pain; only causing more pain and discomfort as they continue to lick. Sometimes the area will get infected. This would be easier to deal with at home with a vet you are familiar with, but out of the road, you will have to trust a local veterinarian in order to get your furry friend some help.

Being prepared is the name of the game. A little upfront thinking can actually save the life of your beloved canine. Take along any supplies for any situation - especially if your 4th of July will be spent in a remote location.

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