PHOENIX - Fireworks shows may be fun, but not for everyone. The loud noises could scare your pets.
In the days following July 4, animal shelters are often crowded with pets that were scared off by fireworks displays.
Here are some steps you can take to make sure your furry friend is comfortable, from Maricopa County Animal Care and Control:
• Don't take your pet to fireworks displays, as the crowds and loud noises can frighten them
• Keep pets indoors. MCACC says even the most well-behaved pet may panic and jump over or dig under a fence to escape a yard
• Turn on the radio or TV to drown out the sounds of fireworks and parties
• Make sure your pet's collar or ID chip has up-to-date information
If your pet is particularly averse to loud noises, there are a number of drugs and techniques you can consider. Consult your veterinarian for advice on how to calm your nervous pet.
If your pet ran off during the Fourth of July Festivities, check local shelters and bring vet records, license paperwork and photos to be sure you get the right animal.
You can also check this map to see if a stray animal was picked up in your area.