With the Fourth of July right around the corner, don't forget to take precautions for your pets. Animal shelters around the country will fill up with dogs and cats that were frightened by loud fireworks and ran away from their owners. It's important to make sure your pets are safe and secure inside your home or an escape-proof enclosure. And one more tool that can help temper your pet's anxiety is the Thundershirt.

Thundershirt is an easy-to-put-on, snug-fitting vest that provides gentle, constant pressure on your pet's body. It's like a constant hug that reassures and comforts your animal. It's great for dogs and cats that are frightened by thunder or fireworks, and can be helpful for those who suffer from separation anxiety, travel anxiety, hyperactivity, and barking problems.

I've both gained and lost dogs because of fireworks on the Fourth. I got my sheltie because he turned up at the animal shelter I worked at and his owners didn't reclaim him.  And I lost a 6-month-old pup who jumped a fence because of neighborhood fireworks. So plan ahead to make sure your dog or cat doesn't become a statistic. And perhaps try out the Thundershirt to see if it will help reduce your pets' anxiety and fear of loud noises.

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