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4th Of July Fireworks Can Be Dangerous, Stressful For Pets

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Posted at 9:45 PM, Jul 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 19:51:03-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - While most of us have been gearing up for a fun Fourth of July weekend, your pets may not be as excited.

The Fourth has been one of the most common days for dogs to escape because they are scared of fireworks.

Dr. Carly Waugh, an internal medicine specialist at Blue Pearl Veterinary in Franklin, said you know your pet best.

You likely know if fireworks, or even thunder, is going to be a problem.

She said now is the time to get your pooch ready before their celebration turns stressful.

"If they're only kind of mildly anxious I'll have clients just go ahead and take them into a quiet room on the interior of the house and turn on the TV or some music to help drown out the sound a little bit," Waugh said. "Sometimes distracting them with a positive toy helps, too."

If your dog has been known to be more high strung you may ask your veterinarian about sedatives to keep them calm.

Dr. Waugh also recommended making sure your dog's tags and microchip information are up to date in case they do escape.