Skies will light-up with a barrage of fireworks at the weekend, as millions of Australians welcome the new year.
However, while most will enjoy the display and entertainment, pet owners are being urged to think twice about their four-legged friends.
Loud noises, bright lights and sudden movement can prove quite frightening and stressful for pets.
Jimboomba Veterinary Surgery veterinarian Paul McMahon said residents need to remember canine hearing is a lot more sensitive than humans.
“Fireworks and even storms can be very frightening for our beloved dogs, and that’s why owners should really keep an eye on their pets this Saturday,” he said.
“If they are cowering, hiding under the couch or even following you around, those are clear signs your pet is trying to seek comfort.”
Last weekend, 14 stray dogs – domestic pets which escaped the yard – were admitted to the Jimboomba Veterinary Surgery.
“It’s not uncommon for a dog to escape a secure premises when they’re spooked and scared,” Mr McMahon said.
“We have a lot of stray dogs admitted to our clinic, especially over the holiday break when families are moving about with their pets or an animal is left at home alone, and the easiest way we can reunite them with their family is if the animal is micro-chipped.
“Unfortunately, we can only keep pets for a few days – while trying to find their owners – before we have to hand them over to the pound.
“The price to micro-chip you pet really is worth it and varies from clinic to clinic.
“The cost can range anywhere from $30 to $50.”
Residents can keep their pets calm during New Years Eve celebrations by ensuring their pooch has had plenty of exercise earlier in the day; their pet is kept inside with human companionship during a fireworks display, and if it’s hot, air-conditioning does help.
A safe inside place for your pet to retreat is also a good idea, as well as having the windows and curtains closed.
Residents could also occupy their pet with something fun to do – like filling a hollow ball with their favourite treat and making a small opening for food to fall out when it’s rolled.
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