The Fourth of July, and the days and nights surrounding the holiday when fireworks are lighting up the night sky, can be a stressful time for dogs, cats and livestock.
Many pets become stressed, hide or run away because they are startled by fireworks. Dogs, particularly, may show signs of anxiety such as whining, whimpering, restlessness and panting when fireworks are ignited nearby.
The City of Las Cruces encourages dog owners to implement a safety plan and follow basic tips to help keep their pets safe and calm during pyrotechnic displays:
- Provide your dog with a safe haven – possibly a closet or interior space away from exterior walls and windows – that’s quiet and free from outdoor noises and lights.
- Physically distance your pets from where fireworks are being used.
- Ensure your pet has a collar and is properly tagged or chipped.
- Do not take pets to fireworks shows. Even though your dog might not bark or whimper, it may still be stressed.
- Do not leave a dog tied up or outdoors, or alone, when fireworks are being used nearby.
- If possible, stay indoors and comfort your dog when fireworks are in use outdoors.
- Consider closing all doors and windows and using sound, such as TV or radio, to help muffle booms from fireworks.
- Avoid walking your dog when fireworks are being used.
- Refrain from discharging fireworks near where livestock are boarded.
Considerations and limited exposure to fireworks should also be offered for cats, small animals, domesticated birds, horses and other livestock.
Those who use fireworks are encouraged to be mindful and respectful of pets and livestock that reside nearby, and the time of day when pyrotechnics are being discharged.