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Leave them home: When fireworks fly, many pets stress out

Posted July 1, 2016

— Thousands of people in the Triangle will enjoy fireworks during the Fourth of July weekend, but many of their four-legged family members don't get quite as excited.

Many pets are so frightened by the sounds that they end up running away from home and ending up in a shelter like the Wake County SPCA.

SPCA officials said they normally see an uptick in animals coming to the shelter during the Fourth of July weekend.

The SPCA offered the following tips to keep pets safe and happy:

  • Let pets skip the fireworks display. Leave them at home.
  • Keep pets in a space with a fan or television running quietly to cancel out the erratic booms of fireworks.
  • Give your pet a delicious treat like a rawhide to keep them busy and distracted from the noise.
  • Outdoor dogs or cats should be brought indoors.
  • Make sure that your pet is wearing an ID tag so that they can be returned home quickly should they get loose and become lost.

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