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By: Dr. Jessica Gray, Veterinarian

The Fourth of July is right around the corner and with it brings all sort of fun as we celebrate America’s independence – cookouts, family time, pool parties and fireworks. Unfortunately, our pets do not share our same enthusiasm for the celebration. The loud explosions can scare even the calmest of canine companions.

Here are five things you can do to make this July 4th a bit easier on your pet:

  1. Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day before the fireworks start.
  2. Keep your pet inside when fireworks are happening. Bringing pets to the fireworks isn’t the best idea. Some get very startled but others can run after the fireworks, ultimately injuring themselves or someone else.
  3. If you have a fun cookout to head to and leave your pet at home, we recommend leaving a Kong with some peanut butter behind to keep them occupied!
  4. Make sure your pet has been microchipped and/or is wearing proper identification, just in case they get startled, hop the fence and take off down the street!
  5. If your pet gets especially stressed out with new and loud noises, ask your veterinarian if they can prescribe something that will help your little guy get through the fun.

Have a safe and happy holiday weekend and if you have any questions please contact us.

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