You might be ready to celebrate the 4th of July this week, but it’s not as fun for our furry friends. Here are a couple of tips to keep your pets safe during the holiday week/weekend.

According to the American Kennel Club, the best place for your dog during parties and celebrations is indoors: “It is safer to keep your pets at home during Fourth of July celebrations instead of bringing him to your neighbor’s party. Keep your pets in the house, rather than in your yard. He will be a lot happier indoors, and not tempted to leap over a fence to find you.”

If you’re hosting the barbecue, the American Veterinary Medical Association says to refrain from feeding Fido anything from the party: “Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are actually toxic.”

The ASPCA reminds us not to use insect repellant on pets, unless it has been specifically marked for their use: “Ingestion of sunscreen products can result in drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and lethargy. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can lead to neurological problems.”

And of course, keep fireworks far, far away from your pets. Not only are they toxic and dangerous to animals, even public fireworks displays can cause your pets to become frightened or disoriented by the sound.

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