The day is at hand, and soon, your four-legged friend will start thinking it is the end of the world!

The apocalypse, Armageddon, and the mailman all rolled into one loud and scary event!

Don't laugh; think of it from their point of view; it can be pretty scary!


But there are ways to help out our fuzzy family members!

Some may suggest having your pet take a 'chill pill.' If you do that, hopefully, you've consulted your veterinarian. Animal breeds and sizes can drastically vary the amount of chill that the pill can give.

You do not want to celebrate America's birthday with an O.D.'d D.O. double G!

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The best way I've found is to tire your pet out early in the day! Take him for a walk (when it's cooler, or walk them on the grass). Play and exercise inside your house, too; that way, they're way too pooped to give a crap about the POP's and BOOM's coming from outside.

Let your pet be on the furniture and keep them comfortable. Use your favorite blanket, or if you have a vest that can help them calm, use that. The main thing is to keep them inside and close off outside access. When they need to do their business, keep them on a leash.

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Celebratory items need to be kept away from your pet. Items like glow sticks, fireworks, BBQ supplies, and foods that we think are great for the holiday might not be so great for Fido. (More on Pet BBQ Safety below).

Crank It Up! Turn on the radio or TV (loud) to help cover the sounds of fireworks.

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Make sure your pet is licensed and has your most current information.

BONUS TIP: The next morning, check your yard or where your pet plays outside and pick up any fireworks debris that may be lying around. You know why!

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These tips will help keep your pet less stressed and, most importantly, safe this holiday!

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

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