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Letter: Keep pets from getting scared by fireworks

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noises of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.

We ask that you please be mindful of the following:

• Keep your pets indoors during fireworks.

• Turn on the TV or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks. Keep pets in a soothing, dark room with light jazz or classical music playing. The idea is to muffle the fireworks’ noise with something soothing. Close draperies to help soundproof the residence.

• Many suggest walking or exercising the pet prior to the fireworks in an effort to tire out the pet in the hopes the pet will sleep through the fireworks.

• Be home or have someone at home indoors with the pet to offer encouragement and support for the pet.

• Close all windows and door and block pet doors to prevent escape.

• You could try distracting the pet as soon as the fireworks begin by involving the pet in something like playing fetch.

• Prepare a safe area where the pet can “burrow in” to feel safe.

• Do not take your pet to a fireworks show or let the pet outside while fireworks are being used.

• You might consider consulting with your veterinarian. Some pets may require sedation. The vet could suggest some behavior modification techniques.

— Bill Weimer

Youngstown, Ohio

Weimer is vice president of Phantom Fireworks.



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