Humane Society: Keep pets home for fireworks

Posted at 6:12 PM, Jul 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 20:04:59-04

Not all humans enjoy fireworks, and most furry friends do not.

Angela Speed from the Wisconsin Humane Society said "loud noises, bright lights, explosions in the sky" can scare dogs.

"Many dogs have anxieties or fears around loud noises, bright lights," she explained. "It's really best practice to leave your dog at home during the fireworks celebrations."

If your dog does experience anxiety, there are options to help them.

"They might want to try a thunder shirt, which is like a tight shirt that kind of gives them a hug that can reduce anxiety, or even homeopathic remedies can work," said Speed.

Speed said a person at home helps, and if your dog has extreme anxiety, your veterinarian may have additional answers.

Other suggestions include taking your dog out for a walk and a potty break before the fireworks. You could also find a comfortable and safe spot inside with a favorite toy, or use white noise to tune out the bangs.