The booming noise of fireworks may signify a celebration for humans, but the loud bangs and whistles can be overwhelming for pets on the Fourth of July.
Many animal services report that dozens of dogs end up at shelters around the Independence Day holiday.
“Dogs can panic and they’ll do anything to escape from the noise...that includes digging under, climbing over or even breaking through gates, screens, fences, windows and doors," according to San Diego County Department of Animal Services Director, Daniel DeSousa.
There are ways to soothe your pet.
- Stay calm
- Keep your dog inside during fireworks
- Play white noise or music
- Make a fort or place where your dog can hide
- Close and lock your doors
- Talk with your veterinarian about medication
If your dog runs away, you can search for him or her on the county’s found animal database .
You can also register your dog on Finding Rover , a free dog facial recognition app that matches dogs which have been lost or found.