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Pet experts offer tips to keep furry friends calm during fireworks

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

People will be heading out to view fireworks displays Monday night, and while they may “ooh” and “ah” over the explosions, the pyrotechnics can be troubling for pets.

The staff at Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro are offering a few tips for pet owners to keep their animals safe and calm during displays.

“Dogs who enjoy being in the yard will suddenly burrow under fences and climb over fences,” manager Deborah Wood said. “Cats who are happy indoor kitties will dart through doors and it becomes a terrible for the pets this time of year.”

“To them it’s not a fun surprise of noise,” Wood said. “To them they feel like their lives are in danger.”

Wood recommends pet owners to think proactively when it comes to their pets, because it could be a stressful time for them.

Double check any fencing, making sure there aren't any loose boards or places for dogs to crawl under.

Owners of anxious animals should consider calming products such as a thunder shirt that wraps around the dog. They also could talk to their veterinarians about medication that could help calm pets.

As for cats, keep in mind they can panic from the noise, so keep a close eye on them so they don't dart outside.

Owners should also make sure their pets have id tags on their collars and that they're microchipped with information that is up to date.

Wood recommends pet owners who’ve lost their pet to contact their local county animal shelter.

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