Fourth of July fireworks slammed for their effect on pets and veterans with PTSD

Netizens pointed out that fireworks on July 4 is no fun for veterans who fought for the country


                            Fourth of July fireworks slammed for their effect on pets and veterans with PTSD
Netizens requested to stop firework display as it effects pets and PTSD patients among others (Lam Yik Fei and Ling Jin/ Getty Images)
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Parades, picnics, blaring trumpets, accompanied by fireworks is how America has been celebrating its Independence Day. However, the fireworks, that are the icing on the cake on this day, are a nightmare for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) patients as well as for animals. Expressing this, many took to Twitter to describe that July 4 is no fun for their pets and for those struggling with PTSD.

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"It's like a war zone where I live. My dog is fine. I am not. I have PTSD. Doing better than I expected but when are we allowed to go to bed/sleep? I hate July 4. It isn't just one night. It starts 2 nights more before/goes for days/nights. We are a noise culture. I'm sick of it," wrote one user. Another said, "July 4 is the most masochistic holiday.. I salute every veteran that gets triggered but manages to keep cool the whole day, how are people with PTSD supposed to like this shit?"
 
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Effects on animals

The booming sounds of fireworks elicit a fear or anxiety response in pets. A user wrote with a request to look after the animals, "Noisy July 4 fireworks terrify kids, pets, and people with PTSD. More pets run away from home around July 4 than at any other time of year. Other animals cower at home, whining and shaking in fear. Please have a care for them and avoid noisy home fireworks. Thanks!" Another user said, "Happy July 4 Weekend! Our pets don’t like fireworks. Don’t get mad at the fireworks. Help your critters! Music up high! A closed window is quieter than an open window. AC They make calming treats for cats & dogs!"

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Many vets and clinics gave a heads up on how to keep pets safe. One of them wrote, "Hey Neighbors! We will be open on July 4 from 10 am to 3 pm. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend! But don't forget that this can be a very stressful time for your pets -fireworks, noi - be extra cautious and give them lots of hugs (and perhaps some calming treats)! #welove." While many continued to focus on the fact that many veterans and refugees suffer from PTSD due to traumatic events such as war. One user commented, "PTSD is real and please keep your veterans in mind this July 4 If they live near any loud fireworks celebration, sit with them because they are the reason you have that holiday." Another said, "July 4. A day of patriotism. This shit show of a president is embarrassing. Veterans are suffering. PTSD is a real thing. I WILL NOT PRETEND to understand their emotion. Reach out, encourage self care, they need our support. Veterans fought for us, they kept us safe. #veterans".

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