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July 4th can be one of the most stressful days for pets

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FARGO—When most of us think of Independence Day, we think of lots of fireworks.

For our pets, that chaos often creates a terrifying and stressful night.

With the 4th of July comes fireworks lighting up the night sky.

For our four legged friends, those loud noises frighten them causing them to try and run away.

"Noises are a big deal for him," said pet owner Emily Williams-Wheeler.

"Cats and dogs have more sensitive ears than we do. They don't realize it's for our entertainment," said Heather Clyde of Homeward Animal Shelter.

Emily Williams-Wheeler of Fargo says her dog Ollie has a difficult time during the 4th of July.

"Our vet suggested we use Trazodone.. It seems to take the edge off," said Williams-Wheeler.

This year she's giving Ollie two pills, twice a day to try and help calm his nerves.

"Those pops just really freak him out," Williams-Wheeler told us.

Local Animal Shelters say more pets are reported lost during this holiday than any other time of the year.

"Can be really unfortunate especially if people can't find them," said Clyde.

Which is why they say you should leave your pets indoors to decrease the chance of running away..

"Put them in a small room like a bathroom or a walking closet, turn on the radio to try and drown out the sound as much as possible," said Clyde.

If you insist on having them outside with you,

"Try to keep them on a leash, because there's always that chance of something unexpected for them.. even if they seem okay with fireworks," Clyde told us.

The best idea for our pets is to make them as comfortable as possible in their own home, which Emily and Ollie plan on doing.

"Will have the AC running, a fan, try to have some white noise," Williams-Wheeler said.

To try and make the next few days a little more enjoyable for the entire family.

There are multiple resources available if you lose a web this holiday.

A Facebook group dedicated to helping people in the metro area find lost pets can be found HERE.

FM Animal Hospital's number is 218-236-9059

Fargo Pound's number is 701-232-7312

West Fargo Animal Hospital is 701-232-2898

Grand Forks is Circle of Friends is 701-775-3732

Cassandra Rohlfing

After working part time at WDAY-TV during her college career, Cassandra – who goes by Cassie, joined the WDAY news team full-time in January as an Online Editor/Weekend Producer. She switched over to Reporter/Multimedia Journalist in June and is excited to work on stories you want to see!  She was born and raised on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in Belcourt, ND and is part Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Cassie graduated from  North Dakota State University in December of 2015 with a degree in Journalism, and an emphasis in Broadcasting. Cassie bleeds green and gold and is an avid Bison Football fan who attended every home game in her college career, thanks to being a part of the Gold Star Marching Band. Her hobbies include binge watching TV shows on Netflix, attempting to work out, and getting outside when she can. If you have any questions/story ideas feel free to email or call. 

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