Protect your pets this July 4th

Those Fourth of July fireworks can really stress your pets.

"They go into this all-out panic and from the pet's perspective it makes sense," said Mikkel Becker, animal trainer with

Keep your dogs and cats at home, in a safe place. You might want to play some music to drown out the scary sounds of those exploding fireworks. Becker suggests classical music.

"Play it at a loud enough level that it's not too loud, but it will still drown out all the extra booms," she said/

Becker reminds us that more pets run away from home on the 4th than any other day of the year. That's why the need to have a collar on and should be microchipped.

"If you're having a lot of people over for the 4th, that's the perfect time to keep your pet on leash and also consider having them in a certain room if you need to - es[pecially if they're the type of dog that likes to dash out the door," she advises. "I would never leave your pet unattended in the back yard, but especially not during the 4th of July. They can easily escape and chances are once they get out they may keep running if they're in an all-out panic."

Never take your dog to a fireworks display. If you have fireworks at home, store them in a secure place. They may contain chemicals that can be toxic to your pet.

More Info:

Vetstreet: Help Your Pet Brave the Fourth of July Fireworks

ASPCA: Fourth of July Safety Tips