BANGOR- Besides keeping ourselves safe on the holiday, we want to make sure our pets are safe too.
That’s why experts say that when you head to the fireworks on Tuesday, leave your dogs at home.
The number of runaway pets on the Fourth of July is high.
Dogs, especially, tend to get spooked from the sound and flashes of fireworks.
Don Hanson, owner of Green Acres Kennel, tells us that when a pet runs away at night, it is much harder to find them.
The best bet is to leave them at home, and if you are home too, help comfort them if they seem scared.
“If they’re really really scared, they won’t take treats and stuff like that, so just kind of get down, hold them, pet them, tell them it’s going to be okay knowing that hopefully it will be over with fairly quickly,” said Hanson.
If you are not home, Hanson tells us pets may try to hide under tables or in bathtubs, which offers a sense of security for pets when they get scared.
He also says that if you or a neighbor is shooting off fireworks at home, it’s best to leave the pets inside.