Ask any American and she'll tell you that the Fourth of July is a day for picnics, parades and fireworks ... but many people don't know that it's also a dangerous day for dogs.
More dogs go missing on the Fourth than on any other day of the year - and many of those dogs never make it home.
The Fourth can also be a perilous time for dogs because of the new foods, chemicals and toys that might be introduced to the house on this festive occasion. The Dodo spoke with pet expert Nicole Ellis, of DogVacay, about what, exactly, makes the holiday so scary for pets and how families can keep their dogs safe. Here are her 3 pieces of advice:
1. Distraction is key