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On the Fourth of July, beware of dog bites

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and it's a day when many people find themselves faced with angry, anxious or upset dogs. This is the time of year when fireworks may be present throughout the night and when family members may be around a new dog for the first time.

It's important that the owners of dogs know when to put their dogs in another room or when their pet needs a break. A dog that is showing signs of anxiousness or fear should be separated and allowed to calm down. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. As a result, many people end up with dog bites.

Something to think about on the Fourth of July is that many dogs are fearful of fireworks. They may want to hide or lie down in their beds. Pet parents should remember to keep their dogs inside. They should also make sure their pets have up-to-date vaccinations and proper ID on them at all times.

Nervous pets benefit from having a safe area in the home where they can be away from young children, the loud sound of fireworks and other stressors. Putting on the television and comforting the pet away from guests could also help prevent an accidental dog bite.

In most cases, dogs that lash out give warnings. However, some will attack when they are scared, sick or angry. If you are bitten, make sure you let the owner know and go to seek medical attention as soon as you can. You should ask for vaccination records and consider seeking a claim against the owner's homeowner's insurance or through other means.

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