4th of July fireworks are often terrifying for dogs, sending many pooches into a panic. In severe cases dogs are known to have wandered away from home to escape the frightening chaos.

According to the Humane Society of America, animal shelters across the country are accustomed to receiving ‘July 4th dogs’ that run off during fireworks celebrations.

A dog’s ears are very sensitive to loud noises.  It can be extremely painful for them. Dogs can hear sounds about four times further away than a human with normal hearing. Dogs can also hear higher pitched noises that we can’t hear.

A report by the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association suggests certain breeds of dogs seem to be more likely to develop phobias about loud noises and storms than other dogs. They say herding dogs, like Collies and German shepherds, as well as hounds, like Beagles and Basset Hounds have more sound issues than other breeds.

So, while making your 4th of July plans, also have a plan for dealing with your fearful canines.  Otherwise they may bark, howl, tremble, pant, pace, pee, drool, hide or even run away.

You can read more dog health and wellness articles at FIDO Friendly magazine.