Keeping furry friends safe and calm during fireworks displays


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – We look forward to many things on the Fourth of July.

The food, the family and friends and of course the fireworks.

However, our furry friends could do without the loud celebrations.    

Fenway Trueblood is a brave pup, but even he isn’t a fan of the annual fireworks.

“I mean he doesn’t like them but he doesn’t react terribly to them,” said his owner Jayden Trueblood.

Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Cook is encouraging owners to look for any signs their pet may be in distress during the fireworks.

“If your dog starts panting. Starts shaking almost, pacing back and forth,” she explained. “Sometimes they’ll even try to jump on your lap or they’ll try to hide somewhere like a closet.”

Depending on the pet, some prefer to be held and some, like Fenway, prefer to be alone.

“We usually keep him inside and my mom or someone will go make sure he’s comforted in there,” said Trueblood.

In extreme cases, some pets left outside may even escape, often ending up at local animal shelters like the Terre Haute Humane Society.

“People will find them out running and they will bring them to us,” said THHS Shelter Manager Sarah Valentine. “Or we will come in the morning after and find them in our yards where people have found them and just brought them here and dropped them off.”

Shelter staff attempt to locate owners by checking for microchips, tags and by looking through social media.

However if the owner can’t be found Valentine says the shelter has to take the animal in.

“We will then do an intake on the animal,” she explained. “Which would be vaccinating them and just doing a general health physical.”

Owners who find their pets at shelters like THHS may have to pay a fee of $35 to cover micro chipping and vaccinations if necessary.

For owners who choose to leave their pets at home during the holiday, Cook encourages boarding at a vet’s office instead of keeping them in a crate alone.

“They’ll actually try to get out of the crate and they can hurt themselves. I’ve had dogs come in after the Fourth of July with lacerations on their heads,” she said. “Feet that are all torn up because they were put in a crate and just left there unattended. And they actually didn’t want to be in that crate.”

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