The 4th of July is this Saturday and while we are looking forward to it as people, it is a dreaded day for pets. Especially if your pet is like my dog, Norman. Big scary booms, flashes of light, and patriotic hats for pictures are pretty stressful for this 13-pound ball of fur.

Here are a few ways to make sure your pets stay safe and as calm as possible during the upcoming holiday.

1. Keep Them Indoors - Having your dog by your side as you watch fireworks go off sounds like something out of a Hallmark movie, but in reality, it usually doesn't end well. Keep your dog indoors to not run the risk of them escaping after the first big boom.

2. Make Sure They Have a Comforting Place To Relax - While they are indoors be sure they have access to an area they feel safe. Their crates, beds or blankets are great options. My little guy feels safest in the corner of a closet. Always has, always will.

3. Be Sure Their ID Tags and Microchips Are Up To Date - This is a great time to check in on your dog's ID tag to make sure it has all your correct contact information in case they do get out. Be sure their microchip information is correct as well.

4. Create White Noise - White noise can be super helpful in distracting pets from the chaos outside. Turn on the AC unit or a fan, or leave on the TV or radio at a low volume.

5. Try an Anxiety Wrap - Thunder Shirts and Anxiety Wraps are a couple of popular brands. If you are going to go this route, try it out a couple of days before to make sure your pet is comfortable with something on their body.

6. Get in a Good Walk During the Day - The closer time to fireworks launch the better. If your dog is tired from a good walk they will be more likely to sleep through the booms and flashes.

7. Consider a Boarding Service - If your pet responds severely to fireworks, boarding them might be your best and safest option. Placing them at a familiar boarding service or with a friend they have stayed with in the past would probably be the best way to do it, so they don't think they're being abandoned while explosions happen outside. That might be my inner dog mom talking, but that's the approach I would have to it.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July, and be sure your pets do as well!