1. Be sure your dog is wearing ID tags, and ideally, has a microchip. More pets go missing on the 4th of July than any other day of the year, and these will assist in their safe return if they do get out.
2. The safest place for your dog is at home. Fireworks, crowds, and unfamiliar places make for a dangerous combination, so leave the pictures like these to the professionals ;)
3. Celebrating with a backyard BBQ? Citronella candles, many types of insect repellant, alcohol, matches, and lighter fluid are irritants and/or toxins to your dog, so be sure they stay out of reach!
4. If your dog is overly anxious, there are a number of remedies available at your local pet store, including calming tablets and ThunderShirts. Try turning on the television or radio to mask the noise and help keep your pup feeling Yankee Doodle Dandy.
Have a safe and happy Independence Day!
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