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Tips for pet owners for the Fourth of July

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Posted at 10:00 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 23:22:44-04

Independence Day and fireworks typically go hand in hand. Fireworks and parties usually go hand in hand. So, what if you're a pet owner? Experts say making them your plus one at the Fourth of July party isn't the best idea.

"We're really tempted to bring our dogs with us to these parties, but that doesn't necessarily mean that your dog's going to enjoy it," said Ally Locklin, owner of Zen Dog. "So, we really recommend leaving your dogs home, making sure they have a quiet area."

If you're planning on playing host, make sure your dog is just as comfortable as your guests.

"She's very attached, so, you know, it's just like a child. If you're with them, they're more comforted, and they feel safer," said pup parent Ashley Zanco.

If your dog gets anxious over the fireworks, experts suggest putting them in a kennel or a quiet space where they feel safe.

"Usually what we suggest is if you're going to be crating your dog, give them an interactive toy like a treat, like a Kong, because that's a pretty durable rubber. You can put peanut butter in it. You can put some treats in there. Maybe even freeze it. That way, it takes them a little longer to get through it," said Locklin.

If you're staying home with your dog and they still seem to be anxious, reassure them and turn on some music or the television to drown out the noise of the fireworks.

According to some dog owners, the best remedy is yourself.

"Every dog is different, so dog parents are going to know their dogs better than anybody else, And so, if they're scared, you're the best person to keep them calm," said Zanco.