Advice to Nurture Your Pets During Fireworks

We’re still a week from Independence Day but many Iowans are celebrating early by setting off fireworks and other explosives — and those sporadic, unexpected noises can scare your pets. The loud booms can also make dogs, in particular, feel threatened or trapped. Veterinarian Susan Lowum (LOW-um) says you’ll know when your dog is stressed.

If your dog or cat does show symptoms of stress, Lowum says don’t ignore or scold them, but instead, get them to a quiet place in your home away from the noise.

Lowum says if your pet’s safe place is in a kennel, be sure to leave the door open to avoid them injuring themselves by trying to get out.

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