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Fourth of July celebrations can be stressful for pets

Posted July 2, 2014

Fireworks are a must-have for many on the Fourth of July, but they induce stress and fear in the fur-covered members of the household. (Photo courtesy InBetween The Blinks)

— Fireworks are a must-have for many on the Fourth of July, but they induce stress and fear in the fur-covered members of the household.

The SPCA of Wake County reminded Triangle residents on Wednesday to leave pets at home when they head out to local fireworks shows on Friday evening. If fireworks are being used within your neighborhood, SPCA officials said pets should be kept in a space with a fan or television running quietly to mute the erratic booms of fireworks.

Treats which keep pets busy can also be a good distraction for pets during the potentially loud evening.

“The Fourth of July is a big holiday where we see an increased population in animal shelters because pets become frightened by the fireworks and noise they make,” Molly Stone, SCPA animal behavioral specialist, said in a statement. “One of the most important things to remember on the Fourth of July is to keep your pets indoors so they don’t have an opportunity to run away or get hit by a car.”

The SPCA says it's also important to make sure pets have updated tags and microchips. Pets that do run away from home can be quickly reunited with their owners if the contact information is update. This can also keep pets from ending up in a local animal shelter, many of which are overcrowded.

The SPCA of Wake County will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday to give families an opportunity to adopt over the holiday weekend.

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