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Tips for scared pets during fireworks displays

MINNEAPOLIS — Fourth of July can be a stressful time for pets. The sound of fireworks can scare dogs, causing them to flee.
“This is not her favorite holiday, I guess,” said Jen Bucki of Minneapolis. Bucki’s greyhound, Carrot, is scared of the fireworks.

“She’s already in Fourth of July panic mode. So she isn’t too interested in being outside. A lot of nervousness, panting when she hears fireworks, wanting to go in. So we just let her go in and relax when she gets too worked up from the noise,” Bucki said.

According to BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Independence Day is one of the busiest days of the year for animal emergency hospitals.

“We do see a lot of dogs have reactions to fireworks. Probably the most common thing is dogs, that if they get spooked or scared by a noise, their instinct is to run. So we see a lot of dogs that unfortunately do run off and get hit by cars or get lost and get brought in by a good Samaritan,” said Tracy Julius, an emergency and critical care veterinarian for BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Eden Prairie.

Julius recommends pet owners keep their cats and dogs inside.

“If you have a dog that is anxious about noises like that, just having some background noise–a TV or some music on to kind of help keep them distracted. If you’re inside with your dog, just playing with them and kind of keeping them occupied,” she said.

In anticipation for the Fourth of July, the Animal Humane Society offered free pet ID tags to anyone visiting the Golden Valley AHS location Thursday and Friday.

AHS also launched this week a new partnership with Finding Rover, a free service for identifying lost and found dogs through a smartphone app and website. Facial recognition technology allows owners to reunite with their dogs by matching photos of dogs that have been reported missing with photos of dogs taken by finders.

People who find lost dogs should contact their local animal control or nearest animal hospital.

Julius also is reminding owners to keep their pets hydrated and cool.

Dogs should not be given people food. Veterinarians see a lot of health issues from dogs eating leftover bones from family barbecues. Foods that can upset your pet’s digestive tract include onions, garlic, avocados, grapes, raisins and chocolate.

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