Fireworks are an inevitable part of Australia Day and New Year’s Eve celebrations and, while they are lots of fun for most people, a lot of animals are terrified of the noise. We have put together a list of things to help you prepare for the night, so that everyone can feel safe and happy when the fireworks are on – including your pets!
· Make sure your dog or cat is microchipped and wearing an ID tag with your phone number on it, in case they become lost.
· If you know your dog is likely to become distressed, stay at home with them, if possible. If you can’t be home, consider getting someone you trust to look after them.
· Making sure your dog has had plenty of exercise and has been fed will help to settle them.
· Create a comfortable hiding place for your pet, so they can feel safe and secure.
· Keep your dog and cat indoors when fireworks are expected, they will be a lot safer and feel more secure.
· Smaller pets such as rabbits should be safely locked away in their house and kept in a secure spot inside until the fireworks are finished.
· Reward and distract your pet with treats or toys. Putting music or the TV on can also help to mask the noises outside.
· Don’t tie your dog up, as they can strangle themselves if they get spooked and try to escape.
· Horses get particularly worried about fireworks and should be securely stabled and kept away from any objects they might hurt themselves on.
If you’re worried about your pet, or you know they have a noise phobia, always speak with your vet for advice on ways to help keep them calm.