Fireworks can have a negative effect on your pets

Updated: Jul. 4, 2018 at 5:40 AM CDT
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SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER PARISH, LA (KSLA) - The Fourth of July is the holiday when you may hear those subtle pops and screams in the background over the next several days, but to your pets, those sounds can be much more alarming.

According to, The Fourth of July is one holiday where many dogs and cats go missing.

Traci Landry with the City of Bossier says if that happens, the first place to look is the animal shelter.

"If someone out there finds an animal that's on the loose, we ask that they call the shelter so that we can come out and pick them up," said Landry.

Dr. Michael Thomas runs the Viking Drive Veterinary Hospital and says this is an issue he sees every year.

"Many animals have more sensitive hearing than what we do so there's a lot more shrill to those fireworks than just what we hear," said Thomas.

"And that sound can be very scary especially when it's repetitive."

Dr. Thomas says this sound can often make outside pets want to flee.

"They may want to run and hide. They may become very fearful and can even bite because they're so scared. Outdoor animals are probably more prone to this and they can jump the fence and run away."

Thomas says this nervousness can even cause sickness, like gastric issues, anxiety and even stomach ulcers.

However, there are some ways to deal with the problem and still enjoy those fireworks.

"If nothing else bring your pet inside, that may help lower the sound some. If you have an animal that is severely afraid, you can go see your veterinarian. There are anti-anxiety medications, sedatives if need be that we can prescribe."

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