Tips for a safe 4th of July

Like many Americans, you may be planning a festive 4th of July. Perhaps you're hosting a BBQ picnic with friends and family, spending the day poolside or boating on a lake, before heading out to watch a local fireworks show at the end of the day. Celebrating America's birthday can be a lot of fun, but not always for our furry family members.

More pets get lost on Independence Day than any other day of the year. Here are a few tips to help make your holiday enjoyable and safe for everyone.

1. Leave your pets at home. Fireworks. crowds and unfamiliar places can be more frightening to dogs causing them to break free of restraints and run away.

2. If you do take the dogs to the fireworks, make sure they are wearing current ID tags and are microchipped. If they get loose, this will help them get home safely.

3. Don't share your insect repellant and sunscreen with your pets. Most are toxic, so if you do need to apply any to your fur kids, be sure to use pet friendly products. Citronella candles and lighter fluid are also harmful, so keep them out of reach.

4. If you do have a dog that gets anxious, provide a safe place for her to go. Dogs who have been crate trained may find comfort there. Or close the blinds and turn on the TV or radio in a small room in your home. Thundershirts and calming medications can also help relax a nervous dog.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

golden retriever on 4th of July