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Tips For Keeping Pets Safe During July 4 Fireworks Shows

Chris Eudaily

Although we like to take our pups along on outdoor outings, it's better to leave them at home for the fireworks shows. Pets don’t do well with fireworks – and many new pet owners may not realize just what a danger it is to them.

Pets don't like loud noises, and Animal Care Services advises pet owners 

Credit Eileen Pace
Best to leave dogs at home with a favorite toy while the family goes out to see fireworks.

  to not leave them outside, even if it is in a fenced yard.

Pets who have never been aggressive might become biters when they are frightened, and pets who stay in the yard normally might jump the fence and try to get away when they hear fireworks.

The best advice is to provide a place in the house where the animals will feel safe in case they can hear the fireworks going on outside. If you have a crate, make sure they have bedding where they can curl up if they’re scared.

Pets get destructive when they’re frightened, so remove anything they could destroy, but leaving a treat or two for them to find in the crate isn’t a bad idea, along with fresh water.

And good advice for the whole summer – don’t risk a pet’s life by leaving it in the car. It only takes moments in the Texas heat for a car’s inside temperature to rise to 120 degrees, and even if the windows are cracked, pets can quickly succumb to heat stress.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.