How to help pets cope with NYE fireworks

Dogs, cats and other animals can find fireworks very unsettling and frightening. Picture: ANDY ZAKELIUnanderra RSPCA shelter manager Judith Wright has urged dog owners to be vigilant in their preparations to ensure their pets are safe this New Year’s Eve.

Fireworks can be unsettling for dogs, cats and other animals. The noise and unfamiliarity has a similar effect to thunderstorms and can cause extreme panic for pets.

“Dogs tend to get really frightened and will escape,” Mrs Wright said.

“Even if it’s never happened before, owners need to realise that they can flee.”

Mrs Wright suggested owners attempt to relax their pet before the evening, ensure they are securely confined and have appropriate identification.

If a pet escapes, she advises owners to conduct a door knock, place flyers around their local shops and contact the RSPCA.

If you find lost pets on New Year’s Day, the shelter manager suggests you check for appropriate identification, conduct a brief neighbourhood door knock or take it to the RSPCA. It is not advised to keep the pet overnight as it may flee again.

Mrs Wright said the shelter, which is capable of holding an estimated 140 animals, has many pets available for adoption.

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