July 4th has more runaway pets than any other holiday in the United States. An overwhelming array of stimuli, such as what can be found on July 4th, can scare a pet to the point of running away or experiencing fits of anxiety. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe and calm while the fireworks fly:

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  1. If at all possible, keep your pets inside the house to reduce their chances of running away.
  2. Skip sharing food with your pet. Common celebration foods like barbecue ribs can be too rich, making the animals especially sick.
  3. Find a small space for your pet when the fireworks start. A small place with little visual stimuli can provide sanctuary until the noise stops.
  4. Take some time away from the festivities to comfort your pet. Having the company of an owner can ease the anxiety created by the occasion
  5. Create white noise with a fan, radio, or TV. These sounds will take the edge off of firework explosions, and can reduce pet upset during the holiday.
  6. Fence off the yard, and keep a close lead on your pet if you choose to bring them outside.
  7. Limit the number of objects in a pet’s safe space. If they decide to run while scared, they can easily hurt themselves.
  8. Should you take your pet to a party, keep them on a tight lead so they do not get lost with another crowd of people.
  9. DO NOT presume your pet knows how to swim. At swimming pools and beaches, watch them very closely to make sure your pet does not drown.
  10. Make sure your pet is microchipped so that, should all preventative methods fail, they can be easily found if they run away.

 
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Everyone has a right to feel safe on July 4th, whether they are pet or owner. Take care of your pets so they can enjoy the holiday with you.