Pets and July 4th celebrations don’t always go well together. Dogs and cats can be frightened and easily stressed by the loud sounds created by firecrackers and fireworks or large crowds. In some cases, the sounds and stress can cause a change in behavior. This infographic offers a few tips for recognizing stress or anxiety in your pet.

If your pet is frightened, then consider not only keeping the pet inside but also closing the windows and turning on the A/C for added relief and protection. Playing soothing music or turning on the television to a usual program can also help. Talk to your veterinarian about additional options for helping your pet to relax and to make sure your pet is microchipped and your contact information is registered! Fitting your dog with the proper sized Thundershirt may be helpful.

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