Gallery: 8 Tips to Protect Your Pup on July 4 Share this Article: Print Tags: Dogs, Holidays, Lost Dogs, Summer Pet Safety 1. Check Your Dog's IDBe sure your dog is wearing an up-to-date and visible ID tag on her collar at all times. Also, don’t forget to check her microchip! Not sure about those? Learn more in this microchip article. (Photo: Thinkstock) 2. Snap a PhotoTake a current photo of your dog, just in case. Want to learn how to take a great photo? Our tips for taking good adoptable dog photos work just as well for adopted pups. (Photo: Thinkstock) 3. Tire Your Pup EarlyExercise your dog early in the day before parties begin. Make sure that any off-leash time is securely fenced and any walks have a good leash — people sometimes set off fireworks before dark! (Photo: Thinkstock) 4. Recruit HelpDuring cookouts, ask guests to play with your dog away from the flames. Learn more about cookout safety for pets. (Photo: Thinkstock) 5. Avoid an AccidentKeep charcoal, fireworks, sparklers and glow sticks far from curious canines. Even when unlit, these can cause serious problems if a dog decides to chew. (Photo: Thinkstock) 6. Protect Your Pup's BellyAvoid upset stomachs by keeping dog treats on hand for guests who want to give your dog food. Want some treats you can make? Check out some of our favorite homemade pet treat recipes! (Photo: Thinkstock) 7. Skip the Fireworks -- For Your DogLeave your dog safely inside your home with a frozen stuffed treat during the fireworks. (Photo: Thinkstock) 8. Distract Your DogIf your dog is afraid of loud noises, leave gentle music playing to help cover the sound of fireworks. 9. Share the infographic!Click on the image to see the infographic at full size and get an embed code so you can easily post the image on your own blog or site! 10. Tell us!How will you protect pets this Independence Day?