As you prep for Independence Day, don't forget about your four-legged friends! Many pets get scared or anxious with sudden, loud noises so it's extra imporant to help reduce stress and ensure your pet's safety. Like many other pet owners, one of our biggest fears is losing our pup, and unfortunately more dogs run away on this holiday than any other. Last year we gave you some tips on how to keep your pup happy and safe during the 4th of July - this year, we're sharing some great info from The Preventive Vet!

Lost cats and dogs: Your pets versus 4th of July fireworks

Do you know what day is historically the busiest day of the year in animal shelters all across the country?

It’s the FIFTH of July.

Do you know why? Yup, you guessed it… fireworks!

In reality though, that’s only partially right. The real reasons are a bit more involved than just “fireworks”. And to truly do something about the staggering number of pets that wind up in shelters each year on July 5th, it’s important that you be aware of these reasons. Of course, it’s even more important that you’re aware of and take the easy steps to prevent your cats and dogs from becoming lost and also increasing your chances of being reunited with them should your preventive efforts fail.

To learn how to recognize and decrease your pet's anxiety, visit The Preventive Vet for the full article.