Protect pets on noisy day

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With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, dog and cat owners need to get ready to protect their pets from all the loud fireworks noise. Every year at this time, many dogs and cats become so frightened that they jump, climb or break through fences that normally keep them in. And, some escaped pets become permanently lost, hit by cars, etc. Because fireworks often start several days before the Fourth and continue several days afterward, pet owners during this time need to: • Bring your animals inside the house and play radio music to drown out booming fireworks noises and calm your pets. • Not let your pets outside off a leash (even in your backyard) until you are sure all loud noises are over for the evening. • Make sure fences and gates are secure. Nancy Sorich, Folsom