That big fireworks display may be tempting for you, but your pet? Not as much. Every year, humane societies across the Ark-La-Tex report an increase in the number of animals they shelter. That's partly because of pets that run away during noisy fireworks demonstrations, says Dr. Karen Gordon with the North Shreveport Animal Hospital. "The noises of the firecrackers are so loud and animals panic," she said.
To avoid losing your pet, Dr. Gordon recommends placing them in a safe, secure location, instead of bringing them to the celebrations with you. Other things to watch? Typical barbecue foods, which can pose a big hazard for your four-legged friends. Those include things like onions, grapes, avocados, and uncooked meats. Even bones from grilled meats like porkchops are barbecue can be harmful, because undigested bones could puncture your pet's stomach.
For more about how to protect your pet, check out these tips from the ASPCA.