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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:
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.