How To Keep Your Pets Safe While Fireworks Are Going Off

If you have pets, you know the deal every Fourth Of July: while your neighbors are celebrating, ol’ Fido is cowering under the couch. Animal experts note that fireworks sound much, much louder to dogs than to the average human, leading to all sorts of physical and emotional trauma.

There’s the potential for Rover to escape the home, says Temma Martin, public relations manager for the Best Friends Animal Society, noting, “Dogs have been known to dig under or jump over fences, break tethers or even shatter windows in response to their fireworks fears.”

A few suggestions to keep your pets safe this holiday include making sure they’re microchipped and collared, exercised, and brought inside before the explosions begin, and given toys that can keep them calm.

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