Holiday pet safety


MASON CITY, Iowa- Every 4th of July, dog owners bring their four legged friends to the yearly fireworks show, but your pet may not be as enthusiastic about that.

A dog’s hearing is ten times more sensitive than a human’s.

So, the loud show could cause anxiety, or even fear in your pet.  Experts say it’s best to leave them at home.

“An animal can react very negatively to loud explosive lights and fireworks,” says Sybil Soukup, Executive Director of the Humane Society of North Iowa. “They can run and dash or even bite another person, out of fear. So again, for everyone’s safety, please leave your pets at home during a fireworks display.  Do not take them with. Provide them with a quiet and comfortable place in the home.”

Soukup says the best thing you can do for your dog is close the blinds to shield the dog from the light.

Another idea is to turn on the TV or radio to distract your pet.

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