Wed. Sep 27th, 2023

It’s that time of year when firework displays, both professional and amateur, fill the eyes and ears of Hoosiers celebrating Independence Day.

Although most enjoy the sights and sounds, pets may need a little extra care this time of year.

Dr. Candace Croney, director of Purdue University’s Animal Welfare Science and professor of animal behavior and well-being, said some pets have a genetic tendency to be more fearful around loud noises.

“A number of factors come into play: What is the dog used to from what they learned early in their lives and what have they been exposed to? How fearful are they just based on genetics?” Croney said. “It’s a combination of genetics and the environment they are in.”

Fireworks at one of three official 4th of July celebrations in Carmel, Saturday, July 4, 2020. While people gather in droves to witness the bright lights and loud booms, some pets may experience stress and anxiety.

While some cats and dogs may not be outwardly fearful during firework displays, others can show panic and anxiety. Croney suggests preparing before the bangs and bright lights begin affecting pets.

How do fireworks affect pets?

Dog and cats have different experiences than humans because their capability to sense things is different. When it comes to hearing, dogs especially can hear above and below the normal human range and fireworks can be much louder to the dogs.


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