Pets and fireworks don't mix.

July 5 the day after the big holiday - is one of the busiest days of the year at animal shelters around the United States.Dogs and cats, frightened by loud fireworks displays, are found by animal care and control officers miles from their homes, lost, disoriented and exhausted.

Shelters also receive numerous calls from pet owners hoping to locate missing dogs and cats who, terrified, jumped through windows, climbed fences or broke their leashes or chains.

Panic-stricken pets have also been known to bite during fireworks displays.

Pets need protection on July 4, reminds the American Humane Society. It they're frightened by noisy firewords, an adult should stay home with them.

For information on tranquilizing pets or additional precautions, owners should consult their veterinarian.