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Veterinarians offer advice to keep your pets calm during Fourth of July fireworks

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DULUTH, MN. -- While the Fourth of July may feel different this year, there's one tradition that will continue.

Pets will be rattled by fireworks if they haven't been already.

The loud bangs and booms, screeching sounds, and bright flashes of light are a perfect storm to terrify our pets.

Keeping pets inside during nights where fireworks are going off is key because they might get spooked and take off running.

Dr. Kelly Powell works as a Veterinarian at Dougherty Clinic, in Duluth. 

She said it might help to put pets in the bathroom, play music, and keep them away from windows, but most importantly it helps if you yourself remain calm during fireworks.

"It's important for the owner to just reassure in a non-threatening calm voice it's okay, it's fine and not to get worked up and feed into the dog's anxiety," said Powell.

Animal Allies in Duluth also adds to get your animal up to date.

Make sure they have a good collar on, a tag that has your current address and phone number and then micro-chipped.

If they do go missing, they urge you to call Duluth Animal Control or to post about it on the Missing Pets of the Northland Facebook page.

Ryan Compeau

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