Protect your pets from pesky fireworks

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Fourth of July holiday is a time to celebrate, but it is also a time to keep an extra eye on your pets.

Many animals are frightened by fireworks. They often panic and run away.

The Montgomery County Animal Resource Center has some important advice on how to keep Fido and Fluffy safe:

  • Resist the urge to take your pets with you to celebrate Independence Day. Public fireworks displays can be frightening to your pets. Let them stay home in a quiet, safe, escape-proof area.
  • For pets bothered by loud noises, keep them inside in a quiet room with no windows. Background music playing can help calm them.
  • Keep matches & lighter fluid out of pets’ reach. Certain matches contain chlorates which can damage blood cells and result in difficulty breathing.
  • Keep picnic foods away from pets as they can cause intestinal problems.
  • Make sure your pets always wear collars with current licenses tags and pet identification.
  • If your pet is lost or you find a stray, call the Animal Resource Center at 898-4457 and select option #1.

ARC also encourages you to use the free Finding Rover app that uses facial recognition to identify a lost pet. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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