It's no secret that your dog may not enjoy Fourth of July fireworks as much as you and your family do. But be aware, more pets go missing July 4 - 6 than any other time of the year.

A Busy Time for Shelters

Not only are the first few days of July traumatizing for families who lose pets, but shelters see an influx of pets during that period as well.

According to Pet Amber Alert, an organization that helps pet owners find lost pets, animal control officers across the United States see a 30 to 60% increase in lost pets each year between July 4 and July 5.

July 5 is said to be one of the busiest days of the year for animal shelters.

Startling Statistics About Lost Pets

Mark Jakubczak is the founder of Pet Amber Alert. He says that only about 14% of pets that become lost are reunited with their families. Roughly 30 to 60% of those lost pets are euthanized because they cannot be identified and are never returned to their owners.

Fireworks - Stressful for Animals

While people ooh and ahh at fireworks they tend to have the opposite effect with animals. Intermittent, unexpected loud noises can be stressful to pets and can cause them to run.

If your family is planning to enjoy a fireworks display - whether it's a small neighborhood gathering or a larger professional presentation - keep your pet's safety and well-being in mind.

What Can You Do to Reduce Your Pet's Stress Levels?

Experts advise keeping dogs on leashes if they'll be outside during fireworks displays.

If possible, it's best to keep pets at home and inside during fireworks displays. Confine pets to a crate or a familiar, comfortable room and provide comforting sounds like radio or TV audio in order to keep them calm.

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