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A small town in Italy has passed requiring people to use only fireworks in displays and . The new measure is to ensure the of dogs and other pets. The town of Collecchio in the of Parma has decided that the of its pets is more important than the sound of explosions that normally accompanies fireworks. The more hearing of animals causes them to develop a condition known as ' stress' that follows sudden and loud noises. The sounds and smoke created by fireworks can cause additional health problems in animals. Vets commonly report of nausea, tremors and increased in animals after a fireworks show.

Awareness of the problems created by the sound of fireworks is growing in Europe. Over the New Year, Germany banned fireworks near shelters to minimise trauma experienced by refugees who had fled war zones. Fireworks are also known to cause for war . The explosions bring back painful memories of being in of conflict and can trigger post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). However, not agrees with the idea of silent fireworks. Antonio Maldini said: "You need the booms, cracks and . It's an essential part of the ." He advised pet owners to keep animals indoors and keep all windows closed.

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