The Curry Coastal Pilot

If thunderstorms make your pet nervous, Fourth of July fireworks can be terrifying.

In the days leading up to and immediately following July 4, local animal shelters and animal control officers are busy tracking down lost pets that flee home in fear because of pyrotechnic explosions. The dogs often leap over or dig under fences.

You can keep your pet home and safe this fireworks season by following a few tips, courtesy of Curry County Animal Control Officer Catherine Powers and the Humane Society of the United States.

andbull;Keep your dogs inside. Even then, animals may be able to hear fireworks displays. You may want to leave on a television or radio to help muffle the noise

andbull;Make sure your pet has a collar on with securely attached, legible identification tags that include your address and phone number.

andbull;Don't bring your pet to loud, crowded fireworks displays.

andbull;Don't use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns and trauma to the face and paws of curious pets. Even unused fireworks can pose a danger, as many types contain potentially toxic substances, including potassium nitrate, arsenic and other heavy metals.

andbull;Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them. Alcoholic beverages have the potential to poison pets.

Fourth of July may be fun for humans, but pets don't understand what the bright flashes of light and loud booms are all about. Do your best to comfort them and keep them safe.