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Protect your pets during holiday celebrations

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Animal shelters see an increase of dogs and cats, as panicked pets run from their homes during Independence Day celebrations.

Fireworks may be a staple for the Fourth of July but it could be one of the most frightening aspects of the celebration for man's best friend.

The Gaddy family from Pittsburg got dog Tasy two years ago.

"The only time she gets nervous is over loud noises," said Tasy's owner Kelli Gaddy.

The Southeast Kansas Humane Society is warning pet owners to keep a watchful eye on dogs and cats who are typically scared of loud noises.

"Put them in a crate, leave them in a basement, a garage somewhere they feel safe and secure," said Erica Wilson with the SEK Humane Society

Pet shelters say they see an increase of animals, once fireworks go on sale. Wilson says it's best to keep your pet at home, along with a distraction which could be music or the television.

"To kind of smooth them, and kind of drown out the outside events around your house," Wilson said.

Wilson added its important to ensure your dog has a collar ID, with correct information.

For more tips on keeping your pet safe during the holiday: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/fourth-july-safety-tips
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