Protecting pets during July 4th fireworks

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - It's important to think of your pets during the fourth of July holiday, especially your dog.

Experts say their hearing is magnified hundreds of times more than humans. That's why loud, popping noises can scare them so badly.

One of the best ways to keep them safe is to have them indoors around this time of year. That way, they won't panic and bolt, which could possibly cause them to get lost.

"Put some noise on in the house, maybe like an air conditioner to make some white noise or the TV for them. Some people use these things called Thunder shirts, which add some pressure to the animal to make them feel more comforted. Really, just keeping your pets inside where they cannot be exposed to that noise, is best," said MIchelle Earl, executive director of the Humane Society of Parkersburg.

It's a good idea to make sure your pet has up-to-date identification information on its collar, in case it were to run away.

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