Special to the Times

With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, 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.

Please be mindful of the following:

Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays, turn on the TV 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 fireworks noise 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 the pet will sleep through the fireworks.Be home or have someone at home indoors with the pet to offer encouragement and support for the pet. 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 part in something enjoyable like “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 that area.  Feeding the pet in the area will help the pet associate the areas 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 several weeks before fireworks season.  Some pets may require sedation.  The veterinarian could suggest some behavior modification techniques.