How to Keep Your Pets Stress Free On the 4th of July

(SIOUX CITY, IA) The Fourth of July is Thursday and that means food, fun and fireworks.
although we may like those big blasts in the sky they can frighten a lot of animals.

The folks at the Siouxland Humane Society say the day after the fourth of July is one of their busiest. That's because more dogs and cats are turned in after running away.

The culprit? Fireworks! So there are a few things you can do to try and keep your animal calm and safe.

They may be bold and beautiful but the explosions from fireworks are loud and can scare your pets.

"I know 4th of July is about BBQ's and parties and stuff like that but we also have to remember pet safety. Especially if you own a pet. Pets do have to come first and safety is a number one major priority when it comes to pets," says Kelly Erie, from the Siouxland Humane Society.

So when the sun goes down the Siouxland Humane Society says a few tips can help keep your animal happy.

The best thing you can do is keep your animal inside of a cage. You can also turn on a TV or a radio so that the noise from the fireworks aren't so overwhelming.

"Some of your animals such as some dogs are curious when it comes to fireworks and they often sometimes chase the Roman candles or the firecrackers which can cause injury to your animal. Some people go spend time with your family or friends, please again do not take your pets with you, leave them home where it's safe," says Erie.

And if that's not enough, Kelly says a little love can go along way.

"Probably just sitting down with that animal, giving it lots of hugs and kisses and assuring the animal is going to be okay," she says.

Kelly says sometimes medication is needed so if you didn't pick any up this year its something to keep in mind for next year.

"If their animal is really stressed out with the anxiety of the fireworks then I would probably have them contact their vet before the fireworks go off," says Erie.

Another important tip - keep a collar on your dog or cat and make sure it has the proper identification so that if it does get loose and ends up at a shelter you can get your pet home safely.