Fireworks frighten: Precautions for your pet during July 4th celebrations

"Please don't expose your pet to being outside and don't include them in the festivities."

Fred Bodimer
July 03, 2019 - 4:47 pm
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — These next couple of nights are probably the worst nights of the year for many pets.  

With all the fireworks going off, KMOX spoke with a couple different experts about how to keep our furry friends calm.

"My dog and I used to fight to hide underneath the dining room table," said Lori Winkler, the injury prevention nurse coordinator for SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital. "Fireworks frighten animals so if at all possible, please don't expose your pet to being outside and don't include them in the festivities."

Some vets prescribe medication to calm your pet — but there are other approaches.

"There are those weighted blankets or apparatus that that people can buy for their pets to kind of keep them calm," Winkler tells KMOX. "What I would do with my dog is turn the volume on the television up so it would be a distraction from the loud fireworks. But first and foremost, please don't expose your pets to fireworks because they are afraid."

This Fourth of July holiday roughly one pound of fireworks will be set off for every man, woman and child in America.   

The ASPCA says more dogs run away in July than any other month.  

"Make sure if you are leaving your dog outside that the yard is escape proof," veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber tells Inside Edition. "And if you put them in a room, make sure there are no open windows.  One of the most appropriate times of the year to have the proper identification on your dog is the 4th of July."

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