Fireworks Can be a Nightmare for Your Family Pet

by Brian Wilson
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With Independence Day quickly approaching, many Iowans are celebrating early by setting off fireworks and other explosives — and those sporadic, unexpected noises can scare your pets. The loud booms can also make dogs, in particular, feel threatened or trapped. Veterinarian Susan Lowum says you’ll know when your dog is stressed.

If your dog or cat does show symptoms of stress, Lowum says don’t ignore or scold them, but instead, get them to a quiet place in your home away from the noise.

Lowum says if your pet’s safe place is in a kennel, be sure to leave the door open to avoid them injuring themselves by trying to get out.

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