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Keeping your pets safe on the 4th of July

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SMITH COUNTY (KYTX) - Families are preparing for fireworks displays across East Texas.

But pet owners may not realize what that could do their pets.

Before it gets dark and you set off any fireworks, you may want to make sure your pets are ready.

Loud noises from fireworks can cause anxiety and stress for your pets, even though it's fun for you.

It's all calm at Floyd Rucks house now before the party starts for the fourth of July, but as soon as it gets loud, his dog, Tango, gets anxious.

"His nose will start running when he gets pretty anxious, start panting. A lot of times we separate him and put him where he's comfortable, in a safe zone," says Rucks.

Rucks knows loud noises scare him, so he's got a plan for when the fireworks start.

"He'll be really anxious tonight, we'll try to wrap him before the fireworks start and try to prepare the closet for him. so he can kind of get comfortable and rest," says Rucks.

"Some start pacing around the house when fireworks start going off and others hide. Can even become aggressive," says Veterinarian Ashley Hogue.

Hogue owns Premier Veterinary Clinic in Tyler.

She says holidays like the 4th of July can be not just unsettling, but dangerous for pets if you don't pay attention.

"Keep them indoors and don't let them chase fireworks," says Hogue.

And she says you should avoid giving your pets table scraps.

"People feed a lot of table scraps around this time, not good thing to do. Upsets their stomachs and gives them diarrhea," says Hogue.

But Tango won't be alone, Rucks will be keeping a close eye on him as soon as the fire fireworks go off.

A few other things to remember, don't leave your pets in the backyard alone if they're not used to it.

And make sure they have their collar and tags on in case they get out.

Vets say you can drown out some of the noise too with the TV or radio to help ease your pets concern.

And they advise you just act normal with them.

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