Each year on the 4th of July holiday, we celebrate the historic day our country declared our independence. Traditions for this holiday run deep. Picnics, parades, fireworks and fun are all part of celebrating this special holiday. While we enjoy the excitement of all this holiday brings, let’s remember the veterans and active military members who find it a little harder to cope with their symptoms of PTSD around Independence Day. The fireworks we enjoy watching explode in the night sky, with their piercing noise and bright flashes of light, can be a trigger for unwelcome memories and flashbacks for combat veterans. Not all veterans with PTSD and/or Traumatic Brain Injuries are affected by fireworks. However, for some, it takes them right back to the battlefield.

We hope you enjoy celebrating Independence Day this year. Let’s remember those who fought and sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy every day.

Please keep your pet’s safety in mind too during this holiday. The 4th of July is a difficult time for a lot of pets. The unusual roaring fireworks nearby can send some pets into a terrified frenzy. According to multiple animal control organizations, both local and national, more pets go missing on or around the 4th of July than any other holiday. (see infographic below for safety tips)

By using some common sense, you can help protect your pet or find them if they run away during the holiday. For example, take a photo of your pet just in case the unthinkable happens and they become lost. Is your pet microchipped? Is the microchip information up to date?

If you live in an environment where it is hot, and most of us do this time of year, think about heat safety for both humans and pets. Make sure this 4th of July is fun and safe for everyone.