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Due to the pandemic cancelled… well, everything, last year, this 4th of July is about to be big. Lots of people are taking advantage of every reason to celebrate this year after over a year of isolation.

Fireworks are one of the most common ways that American’s celebrate the 4th of July. Humans love it, but for a lot of pets, it is their worst nightmare.

Many dogs panic when they hear the loud booms, and some even run away from home out of fear.

If you have a dog, and want to protect them this year during the holiday, here are some tops from Best Friends Animal Society


  • Bring all pets indoors whenever neighborhood fireworks displays are likely, making sure that any potentially harmful food or alcohol is kept out of reach. 

  • Secure pets in a room, close the widows, draw the curtains, and play loud music or turn on the television to drown out the frightening sounds.  

  • Keep pets away from lit fireworks at all times, including your own backyard, as some will chase after the bright moving objects and are at risk to be burned or blinded in the process.   

  • Many fireworks also contain substances that are toxic if ingested, so be sure to keep unlit fireworks out of reach. 

  • Ensure that pets are wearing current identification tags, and make sure your current contact info is recorded with the vet clinic or shelter that implanted the microchip.  

  • Have a plan in place in case your pet does go missing that includes calling and visiting the local shelter and posting information about your missing pet on platforms such as Nextdoor and Facebook. 

Happy Independence Day! And make sure those fur babies stay safe!