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Local vet seeing a spike in calls about pet anxiety due to fireworks

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QUINCY, IL (WGEM) - We are just a few days from the 4th of July and all those fireworks and a local vet is getting a lot of calls concerning pet anxiety.

If your pet gets upset or worried after hearing the fireworks, a local vet has some tips to help keep them calm.

Dr. Bob Reich with Animal Medical Clinics of Quincy said it's best to find a room farthest from the noise.

He recommended to turn on music or the TV as a distraction.

You could try placing a blanket over their crate.

If your pet is shaking, you can hold them or use a "thunder shirt."

He said there are medications to use that are safer than tranquilizers.

"There are new medications than just tranquilizers that really help," said Reich. "There are anxiety medications, there are short-term medications you just run on the gums. All of this has been new in the last several years."

He said it's best to have a plan before fireworks are set off.

"If you're going to have a fireworks display and you know your pet's afraid of loud noises, thunder or whatever, maybe take the pet over to a relatives house, just get it away from the noise," he said.

Reich said runaway pets can be an issue during fireworks.

He said to make sure your pets are in an area that they can't run out of the home easily.

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