ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – You hear about it every Fourth of July, but it bears reminding that pets and fireworks are a bad combination.

While fireworks are beautiful and fun to us, animals have a different perception. Missouri Humane Society’s Dr. Kelly Ryan says it’s natural for us to want our pets to enjoy the fireworks with us. However, it can be dangerously scary for them, especially outside.

“Leaving them inside is really best where the heat and the sounds are a lot less intense,” Ryan says. “Dogs and cats are so much more sensitive to those loud noises than people are. It can make them extremely nervous.”

She says pets frequently react to the noises by running away.

“So making sure you have proper identification. Whether that’s a tag that’s current,” Ryan says. “If your pet has a microchip, that’s really the best, most permanent way to get your pet back to you in case of a problem…or disaster.”

Ryan says you can keep them in a basement or an interior room with access to cool, clean water.

Remember to keep windows closed, the AC on, and leave a radio or TV on. Also, give your animal their favorite toy and keep their bed nearby so they can snuggle.

If your pet experiences anxiety, contact your veterinarian, because there are medications that can ease their fears. If you spot animal abuse, call the Humane Society’s Hotline at (314) 647-4400.

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