Fireworks are a staple when Independence Day rolls around every year. But, not everyone likes them. Many pets panic at the popping sounds of firecrackers and even louder explosions and flashes of light that accompany many other types fireworks.

Pets fear the noises, flashes, and burning smells that pyrotechnics create during celebrations. Pets that panic and run away can end up lost, injured or killed if they run into the street.

And even though use of fireworks are forbidden in the city of Muskogee on the days approaching the Fourth of July, people still use them in the days leading up to (and sometimes following) the holiday. 

There are things you can do to keep your pet calm during celebrations.

• Keep your pet indoors. Pets who normally spend most of their time in the backyard may jump the fence and flee, trying to find a way to escape the noises. Find a place inside your home where they may not hear the noises. That may mean having them in a room where TV or radio noise could drown out the sound of fireworks.

• If you are going to an event where there will be a fireworks display, leave your pet at home. The last thing you want to do is have your dog get away from you trying to seek safety and running through a crowd. 

• Another thing to consider is microchipping your pet or making sure they have ID tags with their name and your phone number, or both. If Fluffy scurries out the door looking for a place to hide, you will want to be able to find them if they disappear. Also, make sure you have photos of your pet if they do go missing.

Have a happy Fourth of July and make sure your pet does, too!

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