It is not too early to start thinking about your pet with the 4th of July on the horizon. Most dogs and cats are afraid of the sound of fireworks.

This year the "sound" could well be enhanced by a new change in the laws that allows more explosive fireworks in Michigan. So, how do you prepare your pet for all the noise? Plan ahead to have a "quiet" place set up for the pet. A safe haven away from as much of the fireworks as possible. Create a comfortable place, maybe turn on a radio to help drown out the popping, exploding fireworks for the little guy.

Dog have such sensitive ears that the fireworks are painful to some, and this year I would expect that the volume will be louder with bottle rockets whizzing and exploding like never before in our state.

If you animal is extremely sensitive to sound, you might want to check with your vet about getting some kind of relaxing drug to get them through the holiday.

The 4th of July is a fun, family holiday, but for your animals it can be a real torture. plan ahead to help them out this year!