SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)—The noise of fireworks can be disorienting for some dogs and for others it sends them into an absolute panic, which is why Independence Day can be a tough holiday for pets.

Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, president of the San Francisco SPCA, jokes that dogs have “officially” voted it their worst holiday. But all kidding aside, she has listed some sound advice for what to do to protect your pooch from the loud sounds.

Don’t take your dog to a fireworks show if you know your dog is fearful of loud noises. Try to be home that night. Shut your windows and close your blinds. Maybe even put on some music or a television show to help calm them.

If your dog is known to be extremely fearful you might want to get them some medication from the veterinarian to help them.

In a situation where you can’t be home to take care of them, don’t leave them outside. Keep them indoors; if they’re crate-trained put them in a crate if you can have a friend come over and spend an evening with them, that’s beneficial.

Another option is boarding them over night if you’re going to be away for the evening.

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