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L-SPCA: Fireworks and Dogs Don't Mix

Fireworks are far from fun for our furry friends. The Louisiana Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (L-SPCA) has issued a reminder that dogs are frightened by fireworks and often run away on the Fourth. According to the group, dogs have hearing 10 times more sensitive than humans, and the booms and bangs of pyrotechnics take a toll. Fortunately the group has issued some tips on keeping Rover calm.


The list includes long term suggestions such as micro-chipping as well as some common sense remedies like "don't bring your dog to fireworks displays."


“During holidays like the Fourth, we urge pet owners to keep in mind that what’s fun for us can be downright frightening for our pets,” says Louisiana SPCA CEO Ana Zorrilla. “That’s why it’s so important to keep them safe and inside. No one wants to experience having their pet become lost or injured.”


The full list of suggestions follows.

- Do not, under any circumstances, bring your dog to a fireworks display.

- If you live near the location of a fireworks display, leave your pet inside and try using a white noise machine or playing soft music to help block the sounds of the fireworks and calm your pet. If your pet is particularly fearful of fireworks make every effort to stay inside with them.

-  Be proactive and exercise your dog before the fireworks commence. A tired dog is less anxious.

- If you plan to stay inside with your pet, try to stay in a familiar environment.

- Be sure all pets, including indoor cats, wear current ID tags. Consider microchipping your pet if they are not already.

- You can also stuff a Kong or other work-to-eat toy with special treats for your dog to work on during the fireworks. This can also help your pet associate the scary noises with good things. 

- Do not punish your pet during times of stress as this can only make the problem worse. It is perfectly acceptable, and advisable, to comfort your pet when they are fearful.

- If it is absolutely necessary to be outside with dogs during fireworks displays, ensure each dog is secure on a leash and harness.

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