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Fireworks not so much fun for pets

No fireworks, please ... nap time. (Photo by Karin Stanton/

No fireworks, please ... nap time. (Photo by Karin Stanton/


The Humane Society of the United States reminds pet owners their furry little friends can be distressed by the additional noise and commotion involved with the New Year’s firecrackers and fireworks. 

The Humane Society encourages pet owners to protect the four-legged members of their family from potential harm with these safeguards:

* Leave your pet at home. Fireworks displays can be disorienting and frightening to pets, even those used to going places with their people.

* Create a home sanctuary. Leave your pet in an area of your home where he or she is safe, comfortable and sheltered from any outside noise and lights. An inside room with no windows or doors to access the outside, where the pet normally spends time and is comfortable, may be best.

* Pet-proof your home. When scared, some animals can become destructive, so be sure to remove anything that can become damaged or might harm your pet if chewed.

* Never leave pets outside and unattended. Even in a fenced-in yard, panic can lead a pet to escape and get lost, or become injured while trying to seek refuge.

* Make sure pets always wear identification. In the unfortunate event that your pet gets lost, an updated identification tag greatly increases your chances of being reunited, even if your pet is already microchipped.

* If your pet fears loud noises such as thunder, fireworks won’t fly. In that case, consult a veterinarian for tips to lower your pet’s stress level. In addition, consider having someone remain home with your pet while your family enjoys outdoor activities.

* If you plan to go away for the holiday, decide what will be the best option for your pet.

“Pets are family members, and it’s understandable that people want to include them as such in their holiday plans,” said Stephanie Shain, director of outreach for companion animals at HSUS. “However, most pets are more likely to be comfortable with their established routines. Spare our furry friends the stress of fireworks, crowds and fanfare.”

The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 10.5 million Americans, or one of every 30. For more than a half-century, HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education, and hands-on programs. 

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