Dr. Jamie Laity, veterinarian at Animal Medical Hospital and 24-hour Urgent Care, stopped by My FOX Carolinas to talk dog safety during the 4th of July holiday.
"It's the loud noise, the bright lights and there a lot of times many people around so, unfortunately, dogs don't know how to react," said Dr. Laity.
She said there are usually many "loose dog" incidents during 4th of July as dogs will jump fences, dig underneath fences or make any attempt to escape all the noise associated with the festivities. She gave these tips to help keep your dogs safe while you enjoy your holiday:
1. Keep your dogs inside; don't take them to the fireworks show.
2. Keep them in quiet, dark rooms. Let them hide if they choose, especially if your dog is prone to anxiety.
3. Try playing YouTube clips of fireworks at a low volume and give your dogs treats for reinforcement.
4. Do NOT give your dogs leftovers from BBQ's.
5. Make sure your dog has proper ID in case they get loose.