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Fireworks freak out furry friends

WATERLOO (KWWL) -- As Iowans prepare to celebrate our nation's independence with colorful fireworks displays, local humane societies are reminding you to take a moment to consider the well-being and welfare of the pooches in your family.

While humans tend to "ooh" and "aah" at the bright, colorful and loud explosions, it is a different story for man's best friend. A dog's hearing is 10 times more sensitive than a human's, so fireworks are bound to cause fear, stress and anxiety in your canine friend.

The best piece of advice to any dog owner considering taking their dog to a fireworks display is this: Don't. The noise and flashing lights are just too stressful on a dog and your dog may try to flee or even become aggressive out of fear. The best bet is just leave your dog at home.

If the fireworks display can be seen or heard near your home, you should consider these steps to ensure your dogs safety during the fireworks display:

· If your dog is outside, bring him indoors during the fireworks display. The Humane Society of North Iowa has seen many dogs with injured paws because they have clawed and dug their way over or under a fence to try to escape a fearful situation.

· If your dog is used to being crated, you should crate your dog during the fireworks display to ensure their safety even if they're in the house. The Humane Society has even seen animals that have broken through glass windows to escape fearful situations.

· Bright flashing fireworks can scare your dog; close drapes and blinds to block out flashing lights.

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