Halloween may be a spooky holiday for people, but it’s the Fourth of July that scares our pets. An article in Today’s Veterinary Practice, a journal for vets, cites a 2005 study that found an estimated 49 percent of dogs show a significant fear response to firework noise.
That high level of anxiety can cause pets to panic and bolt out of the house or out their yards. In fact, PetAmberAlert claims 30 percent more pets go missing around the Fourth of July than any other time of year. Keeping pets calm during fireworks is important for their safety, clearly, but also for their overall health.