Hours of loud booms, bright flashes and embers falling from the sky can be stressful to pets as their owners celebrate Independence Day and Pioneer Day.
Now that fireworks season has officially begun, the Humane Society and veteranarians are reminding pet owners to take precautions to protect their animals.
"Noise phobia is a big concern for our pets during the holidays," said Dr. Stacey Henderson from Brookside Animal Hospital.
To avoid the noise, animals can act irrationally, running away and injuring themselves.
"We always see an increase in animals this time of year," said Sheriff's Lt. Chad Ferrin, the director of the Weber County Animal Services. "It's not just the fireworks, it's the early morning parades and sirens."
The Fourth of July is the No.1 day that pets go missing in the country.
"They'll run until the noise has stopped for them, and they end up in a strange environment," Ferrin said. "If that means crossing a busy highway, they are going to be hit and killed."
It is not only cats and dogs that become agitated. Horses and other animals can be spooked as well, which causes them to run and be injured.
"These fireworks can go on for hours, and these animals get scared by that," Ferrin said. "It's really bad for their health."
While most animals are afraid of the fireworks, hunting breeds become excited and need to be protected for other reasons.
"They want to chase after them sometimes," Henderson said. "They get excited about it because they associate it with the hunting sounds."
Not only do animals become stressed and excited, they can be burned as well.
An animal's fur is susceptible to fire. The Humane Society of Utah warns that pets can be seriously injured even from something as innocent as a sparkler.
Henderson is already treating animals hurt by fire.
"Obviously, the risks are there for burns, loss of limbs or smoke inhalation," Henderson said.
To avoid all of those problems, the Humane Society recommends that animals be kept indoors.
Henderson recommended quiet and confined areas, such as bathrooms or basements.
Besides the noises, people need to make sure their pets stay cool in the hot weather ,as they can suffer from dehydration and heat stroke.
"This is a miserable time for our pets stuck outdoors," Ferrin said.
Pet owners should provide their animals with shade and copious amounts of water.
"We take steps to protect our children," Ferrin said."We don't take those steps to protect our animals."