How to keep your pets safe during fireworks

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The Fourth of July fireworks may be fun for us, but for our pets it’s terrifying.

“She will bark and she likes to hide from them,” says Ciara Standridge.

Dog’s have sensitive ears making the noise even greater, causing them stress and anxiety.

“The tremors, pacing, panting, those all tell signs of stress,” said Whitie’s PETS employee Hailey Wynalda.

She says there are several things you can do to minimize the stress and prevent them from bolting, like making sure they’re collar fits, keeping them inside, and letting them hide in a crate.

“A thunder shirt, that’s another great one, it’s an anxiety-reducing shirt, it basically ties around the body and helps create a secure response for the dog,” said Wynalda.

Products with CBD or melatonin in them are also an option to calm their nerves.

Shelters also gearing up for runaways. The Fourth of July weekend is their busiest of the year with the number of stay dogs that turn up at shelters.

“It increases the number of dogs at the shelters and the euthanasia rate because there are just so many dogs that get lost and it’s simply due to the fireworks,” said Mell Garcia.

Mell Garcia is the founder of Mell’s Mutts, a nonprofit that helps stray and unwanted animals.

“Ideally keep them in your house, keep them secure in your house, maybe turn on the radio and do something to distract them but if you are not able to do that just please make sure they are secured in your backyard and they have proper identification on them,” said Garcia.

If your dog does run away, check animal control first and know it may take a few days. You can also turn to the many social media groups created to reunite pets with their owners.

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