Help your pets weather the fireworks storm

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- People love fireworks but pets aren’t people. Their love has its limits and those limits are never more evident than when things go BANG!

With the Fourth of July knocking on the door and banging around the neighborhood, tensions can run high in the canine and feline world.

But there are some things you can do to help ease their anxiety.


  • Keeping them in an interior room with white noise running like a TV or fan is a good option.

  • Giving them something they like and something that'll distract them can also help.

  • Thundershirts and pheromone diffusers are also worth the investment.


And keep in mind that the Fourth is infamous as a runaway day for pets. The Humane Society’s Pam Wiese said, “Another thing that you need to do is make sure that they're wearing ID because if they do bolt and get out it's a much easier process to get them back home to you if they're wearing a tag."

Officials with the Humane Society say that while firework anxiety is more apparent in dogs, cats can be just as panic-stricken. On the bright side, they’re more apt to go find a safe place to hide.