ODESSA, Texas (BIG 2/ FOX 24)- For many people in the Permian Basin fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Vendors at a local firework stand say ”anything that goes ‘boom’ is pretty popular around here. They’ve already started, every night we’ve had a crowed come out.”
However, for our four legged friends, fireworks aren’t all their cracked up to be. Terra Acox from the Midland Humane Society says “they just really don’t understand the loud noises or where it’s coming from.”
For dogs, the Humane Society says, being around fireworks can make them anxious. “The sounds, they’re just not accustomed to those sounds. They don’t know the difference between fireworks and a gunshot basically.”
They say the most important thing for pet owners is preparation. “Check your fences and gates make sure they’re secured make sure they’re are no easy escape paths.”
Acox says if they do escape make sure their tags are up to date. “Have all of your pet’s tags current and up to date. If you do have a microchip make sure that that address is updated with your current address and your current phone number and contact information.”
According to the Humane Society it’s no coincidence that July 5th is the busiest day of the year for animal shelters and the best thing to do is keep your pets inside.
“Keep your pets calm in the home by playing some soft music so maybe it will drown out the noises that they may be hearing,” says Acox.
If that doesn’t do it create a safe space where your pet knows their okay “where they can go to they know this is my bed this is where my toys are and some comfort items can be there, like a crate would be a perfect place if your dogs are crate trained.”