Americans will soon be partaking in annual patriotic festivities for Independence Day! Good food, good company, and exciting pastimes, including fireworks, are a hallmark of this holiday.

However, if your pets were aware of what lies ahead, would they be as excited? Sadly, probably not. Veterinarians from sea to shining sea would like pet owners to understand the potential hazards that this patriotic holiday imposes. Loud noises, large crowds, accessibility to party foods, and summer’s heat can pose threats to your pet’s health and safety.