The 4Th Of July is one of the most popular holidays in America. Family and friends gather for BBQ’s, picnics and it is officially summertime in the USA! Yes, while millions of us love to have a great time while we are celebrating America’s birthday, our furry little friends aren’t always so excited.

Coping with pet anxiety on July 4th

Most pets, especially dogs, do not like fireworks. While the bright lights, sparks and thundering loud booms make most of us sit and cheer, it sends most dogs shaking and running for the nearest bed to crawl under.

Yes, the Fourth Of July isn’t the best holiday when it comes to our pets. In fact, more dogs get lost or injured on the Fourth of July or over the July 4th weekend than any other time of the year.

With the big holiday just three days away, here are a couple of tips pet owners can do to try to ease the burden for your pets while all of the mayhem is going on outside.

Tips to keep your pets calm

Keeping our pets calm is not an easy thing to do on a regular basis, let alone on the Fourth of July. After all, little Fido was born to run, bark and sniff out all of his curiosities. According to Pet MD, pet owners can take several steps to make the July 4th holiday a great one for you and your pets!

Stay Calm: Animals, just like children, can pick up on our moods pretty quickly.

If you start to show stress, so will they. Believe it or not, our pets can be influenced by our actions, even when it comes to stressful situations.

Exercise early and often: Most dogs love to play, so exercising early should tire them out before dusk hits. Exercising with your pets in the morning and once again a few hours before nightfall begins to settle in will help them remain a bit calmer when all of the fireworks begin to light up the sky.

Keep your pet indoors: Yes this may sound like “Captain Obvious,” but after your pet roams around for 10 minutes in the yard, get him or her right back inside. An early firecracker or loud boom can cause a horrific reaction and cause your pet to jump the fence or not want to be restrained as it runs for shelter.

Here are a few other great tips to keep in mind this Fourth of July to keep your pets safe.

If you are planning a barbecue, make sure your pets don't eat the table scraps! Certain foods that are healthy for us humans can be deadly for our pets. Good for you treats such as onions, avocados, grapes & raisins are all possible hazards for dogs and cats.

Finally, watch the mudslides! Alcohol is another item that is toxic to Dogs And Cats. A cold beer sounds great for us, but not for the dog! And remember, no one knows your pets better than you. Hopefully, these tips can help out, but if you have some great calming or safety tips you do for your pets on the 4th of July, feel free to share them in the comments section below!