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Experts Warn Against Bringing Pets to Fourth of July Celebrations

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SALISBURY, Md.- Keeping your pooch extra safe this Fourth of July could mean leaving them at home.

One local humane society official says July 5 is the busiest time of the year for stray dogs. Many of those dogs are runaways that were scared off by fireworks.

The best way to avoid losing your canine friend is to leave them where they're safest - at home, one vet says.

But Zachary Chrisafis and his three year-old dog, Maya, have different plans. Chrisfais says he plans on bringing her to see fireworks in Ocean City.

"I think they would love to see it. They might get scared and definitely anxious, but they'll be energetic," he said.

If you must bring your pet with you, there are a few ways to keep them safe, according to experts. For one - stay with your pet at all times and make sure to bring treats and toys to use as distractions. Thunder shirts and anti-anxiety medication could help, but if none of these work for your pet, it's best to simply keep them at home.

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