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Pets and Fireworks

It’s that time of year: champagne cocktails, “Auld Lang Syne” and, in many neighborhoods, the bangs and booms of celebratory fireworks.

About one in five dogs experience noise phobia, animal behavior consultant Jo Jacques, owner of dog behavior consulting company Wigglebums, told Paw Nation. Cats aren’t quite as sensitive as dogs, she said, but plenty of kitties have been known to run and hide when firecrackers are exploding outside the windows. Fortunately, Jacques explained, there are steps you can take to keep your nervous pet happy on New Year’s Eve, or anytime noise is an issue.

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