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Certainly one of the more problematic and scary holidays for your dog is the Fourth of July with the sensory overload of explosions and bright lights. Most dogs don't like loud noises and often panic at the whizzes and bangs.
In fact, July 5 is the busiest day of the year for most animal shelters. Why? The Indiana Proactive Animal Welfare, Inc. (PAW) stated that animal shelters the day after Fourth of July are "inundated with pets that panicked at the noise of firecrackers and fled into the night, winding up lost, injured or killed."
Remember that a dog's sense of hearing is acute -- on average four times more sensitive than ours.
So that you and your dog stay safe this 4th, here are some great tips:
The best idea? If possible, stay with your dog during the majority of the fireworks. A dog often reacts more intensely to loud sounds and flashes of lights when you are not with him. Or consider hiring a pet sitter.