LiveScience asks if fireworks scare pets.
No shit? Why did they even bother?
They conclude that many pets are indeed terrified of fireworks. Here are some of their suggestions to keep your pets safe:
1) Never leave pets alone outdoors, even if tethered or in a fenced yard. Dogs, especially, may escape and become lost or injure themselves by chewing or choking on their leashes. Keep small pets sheltered indoors and horses in their stalls.
2) Put them inside an inner room in the house if possible and make sure all sharp objects are removed from the enclosure.
3) Turn on the radio or TV for distraction.
4) Do not take a pet to fireworks shows.
Good tips, all of them.
But this is Dexter, my Old English Sheepdog:
He’s a good dog, but he’s so scared of the noises associated with fireworks that he won’t go outside to do what he needs to do while neighborhood kids shoot off firecrackers and bottle rockets on the night before the Fourth of July. Those noises scare Dexter shitless. Literally.
I’m fully expecting to have to clean up a pile of brown stuff on my basement floor in the morning. No matter how hard we try, he simply seems to be unable to get over his aversion to loud pops.