Not every dog is fearful of fireworks. In fact, I had a dog, Davey, who would actually chase loud, colorful fireworks. We had to take him indoors to keep him away from the excitement of "the chase." However, most dogs don't enjoy fireworks.

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Every year pet owners have to deal with fireworks disrupting their pets on July 4th.

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Keep your pets indoors and with someone during fireworks.

If you can't be with your pet, hire a sitter. Keeping your pets in a quiet room during loud fireworks displays can comfort them. You may want to bribe them with special treats and play soothing music. It's great to have background noise to cancel out the loud sounding fireworks.

Provide plenty hiding spots and spaces in your home.

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Under the bed or behind the couch are great spots. My dog and cats also like to snuggle under blankets. If your pets like taking refuge around the home, keep an eye on where they are to avoid shutting them in and cutting them off from other areas of your home.

Some pets may need extra help, a chill-pill can do the trick.

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Talk with your veterinarian about products and medications that can help them with the stress. Be sure to get the pet meds BEFORE the fireworks. A friend of mine recently posted on Facebook that she uses a calming aid for her two pups.

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ID your pet with a collar tag or microchip your pet.

Should your pet escape and get lost during the fireworks, it's the best way for your pet to be identified. Microchipping is only effective if your details are up-to-date. An easy way to identify your pet is with a collar and identification tag. It's helpful to have the pet's name, your name, address, and phone number on the tag.

You can read more about pet safety for the 4th of July, here.

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