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Pyrotechnic Pageantry Comes With Safety Issues For People And Pets

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Fourth of July is almost here and the pyrotechnic pageantry that comes with it.

As CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport reported, fireworks come with their fair share of safety hazards, and not just for people.

The rocket’s red glare and bombs bursting in air can provide your pets with one heck of a scare.

“He was hysterical and just hid in the closet all weekend until it was over,” said one pet owner.

The sharp, loud, unfamiliar sounds — especially un-nerving for dogs who have a heightened sense of hearing — create a heightened sense of fear, and the reflexive urge to flee, Rapoport reported.

“Every year dogs jump through windows, break through screens, dig out of their houses and put holes in walls because they’re so frightened,” said Veterinarian Dr. Ann Hohenhaus of the Animal Medical Center.

The ASCPA said it receives a boom in cases of missing dogs who get spooked by fireworks and flat-out bolt.

“It could be as much as 25 to 30 percent more animals are lost as a result of fireworks going off,” said Arthur Hazelwood, with the ASPCA.

Experts said there are things you can do to keep your pets safe this Fourth of July. Starting with not bringing your pets to the fireworks shows, Rapoport reported.

“Put them in a quiet room. Pull the drapes, close the windows, put on the A.C. as white noise. Give them the TV or radio to listen to. Do something to calm them,” said Hohenhaus.

The ASPCA said it’s also smart to take proactive steps in case your dog does run away. Make sure their ID tags are up to date and that they’re wearing them. And make sure your pet is microchipped.

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