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5 things you can do to keep your dog safe on New Year's Eve

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB)- If you have fireworks near your house, and you have pets, here are some tips from Manatee County's public safety team:

  1. Keep your pets indoors with curtains closed to shut out any fireworks.
  2. If your pets want to hide, let them.
  3. Feed your pet before the fireworks start; a full stomach makes them sleepier and helps them relax.
  4. Turning on the television or stereo can disguise the sound of fireworks.
  5. Try not to reward your dog for being scared; it’s better to ignore anxious looks or distract them.