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Don’t forget to take care of your four-legged friends on the 4th

July 2. The Fourth of July is celebrated with family and friends gathering, grilling on the barbecue and fireworks.

Dogs can become frightened by the sounds and smells of fireworks.

Here’s advice from the American Kennel Club about how to keep your dog calm.

• Keep your dog away from fireworks; do not take them to shows. Keep them inside, especially if you think they will react.

• Create a safe haven for your dog, away from windows. Use a crate if that’s where your dog feels safe, and make sure to provide your pup with familiar toys and treats.

• Play white noise, leaving on a fan or radio.

• Walk them before the fireworks start.

• If you’re at home with your dog, it’s OK to comfort them by petting them with long, slow strokes. Talk to them in an even tone. Don’t use baby talk or rapid-fire whispers of “it’s OK, it’s OK, it’s OK” that may signal to the dog that there is something to be afraid of.

Of course, make sure your pet has proper ID in case they do escape; there’s a better chance they’ll get returned. More pets go missing during the July 4th weekend than any other time of the year, according to the AKC. The entire summer season is the most common time for dogs to go missing.

The AKC recommends microchipping your pet, and keeping the information up-to-date. Collar tags with current phone numbers may help as well. Make sure you have a recent photo of your pet for lost pet posters and to show people when you search for your dog.

Pile some dirty clothes on the front porch with a bowl of water and some food or treats. It may help your pup find its way back home.