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Veterinarian and Lufkin Animal Control say protect your pet from fireworks fear

Fireworks on the 4th of July can be traumatizing to some pets. Fireworks on the 4th of July can be traumatizing to some pets.
Dr. Lindsay R. Syler of Angelina Animal Hospital says pet owners should make firework safety plans. Dr. Lindsay R. Syler of Angelina Animal Hospital says pet owners should make firework safety plans.
Animal Control Officers Donna Milligan & Esmeralda Nichols say fireworks cause some dogs to run away and end up at their shelter. Animal Control Officers Donna Milligan & Esmeralda Nichols say fireworks cause some dogs to run away and end up at their shelter.

The beauty people see in fireworks can strike fear in many animals this Independence Day weekend.

“All the loud noises and the activities.  Sometimes the popping and all the banging activity with the fireworks,” said Aaron Ramsey, Director of the City of Lufkin’s Animal Control.  “Animals can get scared and they'll run."

The “Oohs” and “Ahs” humans may express while viewing bright and explosive fireworks displays may not be the same reaction some animals have, especially those not use to explosions and guns being fired in the air, which happens during 4th of July celebrations.

Animal Control Officer Esmeralda Nicholas said, "We get a lot of calls that people's dogs have been lost."

Officer Donna Milligan agreed and suggested people with pets—especially dogs and outdoor cats—to "please check with animal control.  If you're animal control as soon as possible.  You're animal will probably end up here more than likely.”
 

At the Angelina Animal Hospital, Veterinarians Rae-Anne Hovanetz and Lindsay R. Syler said it is very important for pet owners to prepare and protect their pets from the firework frenzy.  Dr. Syler has seen cases where freaked out pets escape and injure themselves, their family or other people.

"It could frighten animals and cause them to run, leap over fences and run over things," Dr. Lindsay Syler explained.

She also warns against allowing your pets to be physically involved with fireworks.

"They could get seriously injured,” Dr. Syler shared.  “The burn wounds or other types of serious injuries can be caused from fireworks to these animals."

So, secure your pets and have a safe fireworks extravaganza.  But if you return home and your pet is missing, it could be here among the 180+ pets at the animal shelter.

If your pet goes missing during the July4th holiday weekend, call Lufkin Animal Services at (936) 633-0218 or visit them in person at 1901 Hill St., in Lufkin.

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