While humans may enjoy the loud booms and bright flashes of fireworks displays, some pets may not be so thrilled.
Experts at Greenville County Animal Care said that countless pets run away from home when the thundering lights streak across the sky. They said the loud noises and flashing lights can spook the animals, causing them to seek out a place where they feel safe.
"Cats and dogs, any kind of animal, are going to be very startled by a firework because they don't know what it is," said Susan Bufano of Greenville County Animal Care. "All of a sudden it's this horrible sound. So, they are going to want to run somewhere that is safe."
Bufano said pet owners should make sure their furry friends are secure when they know fireworks will be exploded near their home. She said it is also a good idea to take your dog for a long walk before the display begins in an effort to tire them out, causing them to sleep through the racket.
Bufano also said that pet owners should make sure their pet is wearing an identification tag, so that they can be returned to them if they decide to run away.
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