The Fourth of July is upon us as millions of Americans will celebrate with parties, fireworks displays, and other shindigs that might get a little loud. Hey, it's expected, it's a celebration! But, some are not too keen on the commotion, especially many pets.

My wife and I have dogs and cats, and each year, they get a little nervous when the fireworks start going off which in my neighborhood could be going off until the wee hours of the morning.

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Fireworks, loud noises, and huge gatherings can cause quite a bit of anxiety in our furry friends. So, it is important to take as many precautions as you can to help ensure the safety of our pets.

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Keep Your Pet Indoors

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During the festivities, it's best to keep your pets indoors. Loud fireworks can startle your pet and may cause them to run off. Make sure the doors and windows of your house are securely closed.

Create A Safe Place

Set up a comfortable area for your pet that is secure inside your home where your little furry friend can retreat during the festivities. Use a quiet room in the house with familiar bedding, toys, and water. Closing the curtains will minimize the noise and bright lights.

Pet I.D.

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Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with an updated identification tag. This will help in case your pet does dart out the door and increases the chances for a safe return. Microchipping your pet is also a great idea. You'll find several places in Abilene that even offer free microchipping.

Avoid Exposure To Any Fireworks

Whether it's a huge fireworks display, or you're just waving some sparklers around, it's a good idea to keep your pets away from any fireworks. Even fireworks displays you watch on television can cause stress and anxiety in your pet.

Watch Out For Toxic Foods

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Many folks will be firing up the grill and hosting backyard BBQ parties with a variety of food that could have a toxic effect on your pet. Keep an eye out for foods like chocolate, onions, grapes, alcohol, and other harmful foods for pets.

Distract Your Pet

Distract your pets with treats, toys, or a game of fetch to help alleviate the stress and anxiety that they may be having.

Consult With Your Vet

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If your pet has a history of extreme anxiety and stress, it may be a good idea to consult with your vet who can provide advice, prescribe medication, or suggest some other forms of calming aids.

Remember, pets can also detect stress in humans so it is important to remain calm so that you can reassure them during loud celebrations.

The Fourth of July can be an awesome time for both humans and pets if we take these precautions so that our furry friends can remain happy and secure during the Fourth of July, or any other loud celebration.

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