PET owners are being reminded to secure their animals this New Year’s Eve ahead of noisy fireworks displays.
“Every year there is a spike in the number of animals that go missing over the New Year period across the state,” Department of Primary Industries (DPI) acting director animal biosecurity Juliet Corish said.
“Fireworks, with the combination of bright lights and very loud noises, can be distressing for our animals and can cause them to become anxious and even take flight.
“In particular, dogs and horses can be easily scared by fireworks and it’s important for owners to take a few precautions ahead of the holiday in order to protect their pets.”
Ms Corish said simple measures like ensuring fencing is adequate and back yard enclosures are secure can help.
“When animals are distressed they can injure themselves when trying to escape, and often animals are found several kilometres away from their home.
“Direct supervision of distressed animals is the best option for ensuring the safety of pets and if possible, owners should take their dogs indoors and reassure them by remaining calm and acting normally.
“If owners are particularly concerned for the safety of their animals during fireworks displays, they should speak to their local vet about possible treatment options.” Ms Corish said.
Ms Corish said it’s also important that dogs are microchipped and wearing an identification tag.
“New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration and the last thing people want is for their pets to go missing as a result of the fireworks.” Ms Corish said.