Show compassion for your pets

To the Editor,

With the Fourth of July just a few days away, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks. With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.

Phantom Fireworks asks the you please be mindful of the following:

• Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

• Turn on your television or radio and air conditioning to help mask the noise of the fireworks. Keep pets in a soothing, dark room with light jazz or classical music playing. The idea is to muffle the noise from the fireworks with something soothing. Close draperies to help soundproof the residence,

• Many suggest walking or exercising the pet prior to the fireworks in an effort to tire out the pet in the hopes it will sleep through the fireworks.

• Be home or have someone at home indoors with the pet to offer encouragement and support.

• Close all windows and doors and block pet doors to prevent escape.

• You could try distracting the pet as soon as the fireworks begin by involving the pet with something enjoyable like a game of fetch.

• Prepare a safe area where the pet can burrow in to feel safe. Maybe some blankets under a bed or a blanket draped over a small table. Play a radio near the area. Feeding the pet in the area will help the pet associate the area with other good things.

• Do not take your animal to a fireworks show or let the pet outdoors while fireworks are being used.

• You might consider consulting with your veterinarian. Some pets might require sedation. The veterinarian could suggest some behavior modification techniques.

Many of these suggestions have come from the Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif..; Blue Cross for Pets (United Kingdom); the Humane Society of the United States; and the Telegraph (United Kingdom.)

Phantom Fireworks hopes you enjoy the Independence Day holiday safely and show courtesy and compassion to your pets and animals.

William A. Weimer

Vice president

Phantom Fireworks

Youngstown

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