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July 3, 2012

Safe Fourth of July for Pets

Star-spangled tips for the 4th and other hot days

  • Kirby and Karson show off their American pride. Submitted by Kathy Stamberg of Fort Dodge, Iowa.

  • Beau is a registered therapy dog who visits nursing homes and hospitals. Submitted by Kathy Kennedy of James Island, S.C.

  • Merriweather gives high-fives for treats. Submitted by Laura Davies of Camarillo, Calif.

  • Emmie Lou Lou has helped Renee with the loss of her son. "The flag is from my son's gravesite," says Renee. "When we brought the flag home, she spotted it. She knew it had not been there before." Submitted by Renee Johnson of Friendsville, Tenn.

  • Former shelter dog Buddy misses his "daddy," PFC Powell, currently serving in the US Army. Submitted by Patricia Powell of Springfield, Mo.

  • Meagan likes to roll on her back for belly rubs. Submitted Greg Sheldon of Laguna Nigel, Calif.

The Fourth of July's a great time to celebrate with family and friends, but it can be dicey for pets. Here's how to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.

» Pet-safe Fourth of July

Keep animals cool in a heat wave

» Travel safely by car with pets

» Help dogs and cats who are afraid of thunder and loud noises

» Control fleas and ticks on your pets

» Keep your pets safe during a tornado

» Treat your dog to peanut-butter popsicles

» Keep your cat happy indoors

» Find a great American cat or dog who needs a home at The Shelter Pet Project's website

Like the photos above? Submit your favorite photo of your best friend, and he or she could be featured in our Pet of the Week newsletter »

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