How to Keep Your Animals Safe This 4th of July

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Carrie Ann Inaba wants you to keep your cats and dogs safe this holiday weekend.

Jul 3, 2014 | 03:42 PM

If your cat or dog doesn't like thunderstorms, chances are they aren't too fond of the 4th of July fireworks, either.

Today, "Dancing With the Stars" judge and hardcore animal lover Carrie Ann Inaba shared a photo with her fans, reminding us all to take special care of our furry friends as the holiday weekend approaches.

"To all my Animal Loving Friends...Remember to keep your pets in a safe environment this 4th of July. And remind your friends too. :) xox," Carrie Ann captioned the adorable photo.

Whether you're going out of staying in this weekend, here are a few tips to help you keep your pets safe during the 4th of July:

1. Don't treat your pets like people.

This may seem like common sense, but cats and dogs aren't humans. They shouldn't be given alcohol or people food, and no matter how cute they look, you shouldn't have them wear glow jewelry.

2. Make sure they're wearing collars and ID tags.

Pets can be startled by the noise, so be sure that they're wearing ID tags with your home phone number in case they run away. Keep all doors and windows securely closed, as well. They're more likely to hide under the bed, but it's always better to be safe than sorry.

3. Put on calming music.

Playing soothing music on a low volume will help mute the noise of the fireworks. In this case, classical or jazz is a better choice than EDM or heavy metal. Just sayin'.

4. When all else fails, play!

If your pets get seriously anxious, try to distract them with some good ol' fashioned play time. Just like humans, pets are less likely to get upset if their minds are occupied.

If you do take your pets out to enjoy the festivities, be sure that they stay well hydrated, have enough time in the shade, and pay attention to their whereabouts and body language.

Have a great 4th of July, WhoSayers! We hope that you and your pets enjoy a happy and safe weekend.

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