Any pet owner can understand and sympathize with the stress that their beloved pet goes through during the 4th of July holiday due to the thunderous noise caused by fireworks. Thankfully, the Humane Society of the United States has provided some suggestions to help pets and their owners handle and alleviate the noises and stress during this time.
1) Resist the urge to bring your pet to firework displays
2) Do not leave your pet in the car
3) Keep your pets indoors in a quiet, sheltered place
4) If you know that your pet is seriously distressed by loud noises like thunder, consult your veterinarian for ways to alleviate the fear or anxiety
5) Never leave your pet outside unattended, even in a fenced yard or on a chain
6) Make sure your pets are wearing identification tags so that if they do become lost, they can be returned promptly.
For the full article, including a heart-wrenching story of the tragic loss of a pet due to its fear of fireworks, visit: http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/summer_care_tips_for_you_and_your_pets/keep_your_pet_safe_on_july_4th.html