According to the American Kennel Club Companion Recovery Service, the 4th of July is the biggest day for reporting lost dogs.

Actually, they say the whole Summer is, but most people are out on the 4th of July so most dogs go missing then.

AKC offers some tips for keeping your pet safe, healthy, and from getting lost:

1. Fireworks are no fun for most pets, if you are blowing some off at home, make sure they have a safe, secure place to be. Then they won't run away.

2. Make sure all information to return your pet if they get separated from you is around their neck and won't get lost. Nowadays people microchip their pet, more and more pets are returned because of that.

3. Be careful with 4th of July decorations. Glow sticks look like toys to dogs and they may steal other things that may be harmful also. They might take it and chew on it in a hiding place and pass out, never to be found.

4. Call your vet. Maybe your dog needs something to calm them down from your vet. You don't have to drug your dog or cat, but sometimes it takes the edge off and they will sleep or be mellow when kept indoors.

5. Watch the alcohol. No, it's not funny to get your pet drunk.  If alcohol is ingested, your pet could become very intoxicated and weak, severely depressed, and could go into a coma or worse.

6. No picnic table and grill scraps. Always be aware of what friends and family are sneaking to your dog under the table. Chocolate, raisins, and grapes come to mind first.

7. Never leave animals tethered or chained outside. Pets can injure or hang themselves if they jump around or leap over a fence while trying to run from the noises. Cats should stay indoors. Your pet should not be outdoors unattended.

8. Never leave pets in a parked car. That would be bad if they were cooked in the car or worse yet, hung themselves on a seat. You don't do that when you go to Walmart, don't do it when you are watching fireworks.

9. Stay in the shade. Pets can get heat stroke too. Keep them in the shade with you. Always make sure you have water near to offer them. You bring a water bottle and thermos for you, bring one for your pet and a little bowl for them to drink out of.

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