The 4th of July is the worst day of the year for dogs running away.

For a lot of us, the 4th of July is a great time of year for celebrating with friends and family. Whether it be to honor America's Independence Day, or just to sit around the yard and drink beer, it's a time to relax and enjoy summer. But for dogs, the 4th of July can be pretty much the absolute worst time of the year.

A lot of dogs are terrified of fireworks. So, when neighbors are firing off the rockets to make red glares, dogs often get super spooked and often run away scared out of their wits. they don't have the human advantage of knowing they're not being attacked. So naturally, they react with gut instinct.

There are some very basic precautions you can take that could be a game changer.

Maine Lost Dog Recovery put out a post on their Facebook page, prepping people with some tips for trying to avert just such a situation. Let's check them out...

  • Keep your dog in a quiet room during any fireworks.
  • Keep your dog's collar on, with updated ID information.
  • Microchip your dog and keep that up to date as well.
  • Secure exits, winodws, doors, and doggie gates.
  • Consider a sedative from the vet
  • Keep a full collection of photos of your dog, just in case.
  • Keep your dog leashed, if necessary.
  • And of course, don't take them to see the fireworks.

That last one may seem like a no-brainer, but some people insist on bringing their dogs everywhere. I know I love to bring my dog everywhere, but I'd certainly never want to bring him someplace where he'll automatically be freaked out.

Again, more dogs run away on the 4th of July than any other day. Nothing will make you more sad, than if your dog disappears. And you'll feel even worse knowing there was some very simple things you could've done to stop it. Above and beyond that, enjoy your holiday weekend. And be nice to Spot.

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