Happy birthday, America! After the intense year that we just stepped out of, there's no doubt that Independence Day celebrations will be especially ramped up this year but if you've got a dog that doesn't handle the loud booms well, you might be dreading the next few days.

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Whether you already know that your pup gets super scared during fireworks or you find yourself in a situation where your best four-legged friend panics this Fourth of July weekend, there are some things that you can do to help calm and assure your pal he's okay not only during fireworks but also during thunderstorms.

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To prepare yourself for a potential incident, always keep your vet's phone number handy, along with an after-hours clinic you can call in an emergency. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center also has a hotline you can call at (888) 426-4435 for advice.

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