DENVER (CBS4) – Owning a pet is a big responsibility, and police and fire departments say that’s especially true for the upcoming 4th of July holiday weekend.

Denver police and fire officials have launched an anti-fireworks campaign called Don’t Cross The Line, with a strong push toward keeping pets safe while explosions are going on outside.

Despite most humans’ love for the professional shows filled with bangs and bursts of light, fireworks cause a state of panic and anxiety to animals.

To protect your pets this Independence Day, here are some things to keep in mind:

– Resist the urge to take your pets to fireworks displays. They are better off at home.
– Do not leave your pet in the car. Your pet can die within minutes when stuck in a hot car.
– Don’t leave them outside unattended, even in a fenced in yard. They may dig their way out and risk being injured or killed.
– Keep your pet at home in a quiet, sheltered area. Some animals can become destructive when frightened, so remove anything your pet could destroy.
– Most of all, keep them comfortable.

Sgt. Eric McSpadden with Denver Animal Care & Control says it’s a good idea to make sure your pet has plenty of water, a chew toy or some other toy they enjoy playing with and nice bedding.

He also said it’s good to have nice bedding for the pet in the area they will be while fireworks are going on, and to play some sound from a TV or radio in the room so the only sound they hear isn’t just the booms.

McSpadden said some pets get lost during the holiday and that making sure pets are wearing ID tags is a good idea.


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