Bang! Boom! Keep pets safe during fireworks

Simple steps help animals feel secure

POSTED: 02:08 PM CDT Apr 10, 2012    UPDATED: 08:48 AM CDT Jun 26, 2013 
Panting dogs
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. -

They might be pretty, but fireworks can frighten your pets.

"Fireworks and other loud noises that occur at these holiday celebrations terrify most animals," said Brenna Ferranco, spokeswoman for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Santa Cruz, Calif.

Animal advocates urge pet owners to take simple precautions to make sure their pets are safe over the Independence Day holiday.