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Fireworks: Fun for people, not so much for pets

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Fireworks amaze people, but what they don’t always realize is how those loud booms affect their pets. This is the time of year when people lose their dogs and cats because they run away in fear of the loud noises.

Independence Day wouldn’t be complete without a spectacular fireworks show. Everyone looks forward to it, except many pets.

"One of the things we always like to tell people is to leave your pets at home, that way you can enjoy it. All those big crowds, of course those fireworks are not very exciting and nervous for the dogs," said the Director of the Adoption Center for PAWS Chicago, Diane Wilkerson.

Monica Gavino knows that feeling, she has two Siberian Huskies, “Luna” and “Sol’.

She uses her own methods to soothe the dogs.

“I get them in the car, I drive them around, I move them from house to house. Once they get scared it's really difficult because you can't take the fear away. And then it becomes a thunderstorm and any big noise,” said Gavino.

Others, like “Leo” and his owners, prepared to experience a firework show for the first time together.

"We're definitely going to try it because we need to experience it. We'll just have him on our lap and hold him real close and see how he handles it," said owner Seth Schaertl.

The concern about the Fourth of July that some pet owners don’t think about is them running away.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said nearly one in five pets go missing because they run away from the sound of fireworks or other loud noises.

“What they're trying to do especially if they're outside, even if your dog is used to being outside, the noise that's associated with fireworks, they just want to get some place safe. And they will find a way to get out of the yard," added Wilkerson.

Experts recommend leaving your dog at home, in a safe place and turning on the radio or TV for your pet. If you lose your pet, the ASPCA now has an app to help you in your search, but its recommended to leave your pets inside while you celebrate outside.

If your pet continues to struggle with the sound, its recommended to see your veterinarian for other remedies to calm them down.

Another reminder is for people to not leave their dogs in cars. AAA said even if it’s only 85 degrees outside, the dash board can heat up to 170 degrees in a matter of minutes.

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