MADISON (WKOW) -- The holiday weekend is nearly here, but you may have been hearing fireworks for the past week or two.
Animal experts tell 27 News that fireworks are big stressors for pets. Melissa Hayden, an animal care supervisor at Madison College, says with more people setting off their own fireworks this year, pets will likely be exposed to that stress several times.
"If you know you're going to be leaving the house and you're unsure of the fireworks situation, or there could be a high likelihood of fireworks that evening, I would recommend finding a safe spot for them," Hayden said. "For a dog that could be their crate, for a cat that could be their cat tree that they climb and sit in the window. Usually its going to be an interior room that is a little dark with the windows drawn so they can't see the flashing lights and noises going on."
Hayden tells 27 News the best way to keep your pet safe is to bring them inside, keep them in an interior room, and close the blinds and the door so the room is as muffled to outside noises as possible.