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  • Keeping your Pets Safe on New Years Eve

    December 30, 2023 2 min read

    How to keep your pets safe on New Years Eve by Laila and Me

    Whether you plan on ringing in the new year dressed to the nines and shaking what your mother gave you on a nightclub D-Floor, or quietly passing out cuddling your dog on the couch in your jarmies…it is important to take precautions to keep your pets safe.

    The sound of loud music, crowds of people and fireworks can be traumatising for pets and cause them to fret so much that they escape and/or become injured. Add poor weather and thunderstorms in the mix, and you have the perfect recipe for a very un-happy, and stressful new year!    

    So, what can you do as a precaution?

    • Make arrangements so your pets are not alone.
    • Check your fences and gates are secure. 
    • Check your pets microchip information is up to date.
    • Make sure your pet is wearing their collar with clear and up to date identification details.
    • If you are home, reassure your pet and distract them with snugs, treats and toys.
    • In some cases, you may need to speak to your vet about sedation medication. 
    • Put a spare lead, water bowl and towel in the boot of your car in case you find a lost pet, or wildlife on New Year’s Day

    A lesser-known problem with fireworks is the stress they cause on wildlife. Not just birds, but possums, frogs, and even fish can be impacted by the sound and light that fireworks produce. 

    We are not trying to be the fun police….but it is worth keeping this in mind, knowing what to do if you find yourself with a lost dog, or an injured owl in your backyard!

    If you find a lost pet on New Year’s Day, please remember most vets will be closed as it is a public holiday. Social media and local community Facebook groups will be your best friend for a quick reunion. The local pounds/rangers will be inundated, so if you can reunite the pet with their owner and avoid having to take them in, this is the best option for all.

    If you find injured wildlife such as birds, possums etc, please contact Wildlife Victoria (or your local wildlife protection association). 

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