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Tips to help dogs during fireworks on the Fourth of July – CBS News

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By Aliza Chasan
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The Fourth of July may be an exciting day for people across the U.S., but it can be a very stressful day for dogs. 
Nearly one-in-five lost pets goes missing after being scared by the sound of fireworks, thunderstorms or other loud noises, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. 
The loud noises can be harsh to a dog\’s ears, according to Bond Vet. The booming sounds can be perceived as a threat and trigger dogs\’ fight-or-flight response, according to Veterinary Specialists of the Rockies. Dogs can hear a range of sounds that humans cannot hear. Even everyday noises, such as a vacuum cleaner, can be distressing for a dog because it sounds louder to them than it does to a human.
The unpredictable nature of the noises can scare dogs, according to the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine.
\”As humans, we understand and expect the annual tradition of fireworks, particularly around the 4th of July, but this concept is foreign to our dogs, and many are genuinely frightened if they are suddenly exposed to the loud sounds and scary sights associated with fireworks,\” Dr. Sandra Mitchell, a veterinarian at Animal Medical Associates in Saco, Maine, told pet site Chewy.
The ASPCA, Rover, the American Kennel Club, Purina and PetMD have a slew of tips for keeping your pet calm. 
They suggest:
Many of the foods people commonly enjoy for the holiday can be dangerous for dogs. 
\”Veterinarians tend to see an increase in visits in the summertime from dogs who\’ve eaten ribs, corn on the cob, and skewers,\” Rover advises. \”Make sure to keep food scraps and trash away from your pet by discarding them as soon as you\’re finished.\”
Keep potato, macaroni and pasta salad away from pups, the pet site recommends. Most of the salads contain onions, which can be toxic to dogs.
While grilling is a popular activity on the Fourth of July, avoid giving your dog full fat hamburger. Fatty and salty meat can cause severe gastrointestinal upset for a dog. 
Corn on the cob can also be a cause for concern. Large pieces can cause obstructions. 
Aliza Chasan is a digital producer at 60 Minutes and She has previously written for outlets including PIX11 News, The New York Daily News, Inside Edition and DNAinfo. Aliza covers trending news, often focusing on crime and politics.
First published on July 3, 2023 / 7:24 PM EDT
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