Jed Taylor has a beagle puppy, who cant stand the loud festivities on the fourth. "She always runs and hides and gets really hyper. We usually have to lock her up inside the house, so she doesn't just go crazy", says Taylor.
The colorful and loud explosions that light up the sky often cause anxiety for dogs in particular. Veterinarians say that when a dog is in fear, natural instinct takes over, and even the most docile pooch can snap.
"The dogs don't know that it's harmless fun, and they can get scared", Taylor explains.
Mark Hazelbaker says he's seen his sister go to extreme measures to keep her dog safe. "She has a little doxon and he's very afraid of fireworks, where she actually has to give him tranquilizers. It's not good, but it's the only way that he'll calm down", says Hazelbaker.
However, the most common solution to this problem, "Don't put them outside, because they will get really afraid. They'll run and do bad stuff", Hazelbaker tells us.
Other professional tips include: make sure fireworks are out of your dog's reach, as they may mistake them for a chew toy, and avoid stray dogs that could become dangerous when frightened. If necessary, veterinarians can also prescribe tranquilizers to help relax your dog.
Abilene vets also say that you should never leave your dog unattended in a vehicle, especially on the Fourth of July, as the combination of the rising heat and loud noises can pose serious health concerns for your pet.