With sensitive hearing and no way to understand that the sound of fireworks signals celebration, not danger, pets are often spooked by Independence Day festivities, according to veterinarian Gene Mueller, manager of Regional Animal Services of King County, Wash. Strategies for keeping pets calm include placing animals in a quiet room with soothing music and possibly using a crate or turning off lights. This article notes animals that have not been bothered by fireworks in the past may still react.

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