Why do dogs hate fireworks? This vet gives tips to keep your dog safe on July 4th

While most of us are lucky enough to get a day off on the Fourth of July, there’s one member of our family who may not have as much fun as we will: our dogs. According to a 2013 study from the University of Bristol, dogs are more likely to respond fearfully to fireworks than any other loud noise — including gunshots and thunder. But that’s just one of the many potential issues pet owners may run into on the Fourth. A report from the America Kennel Society found that more dogs go missing on July 4 (and 5) than any other day of the year. So how can you ensure a happy, healthy holiday, while still enjoying quality time with your pet? To answer this question, Yahoo Lifestyle sat down with Lisa Lippman, DVM, lead New York City veterinarian of Fuzzy Pet Health. Here are a few pointers from Lippman when it comes to keeping your dog calm and safe. Secure Embed Code Preview - Use Article Preview to Verify Proper Rendering Keep your pet indoors Lippman says to keep your dog indoors as much as possible, and close all the windows and blinds. Not only will they hear the fireworks less, it will minimize the chance that they get spooked and run away. It’s a good idea to make sure your pet’s microchip is up to date, but in the event that your pet does go missing, Lippmann suggests downloading the ASPCA mobile app. Should your pet escape, you’ll be sent a personalized missing pet recovery kit. Drown out the sound One of the ways to help temper the sound of fireworks is to add another sound. Lippman suggests turning on the TV or classical music. “The problem is that that fireworks are unpredictable and really loud,” Lippman tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “So having a constant soothing sound can really help.” Calming coat If music and your own calming touch isn’t enough to help your dog, Lippman says you can consider what’s called a compression calming coat. Being enveloped in pressure is clinically proven to safely lower heart rates with a calming effect. They are available online and at pet stores — and really work. “It makes them feel safe and secure during this time of year,” she says. Talk to a professional Lastly, if you know your pet is upset during this time of year, Lippman says the smartest thing is to consult with your veterinarian to discuss behavioral therapy and medication. “There are all kinds of modalities — including medications — that we can use to make your pet more comfortable.”