Fireworks are an inevitable part of the festive season in Australia.  While New Year’s Eve, in particular, is a huge celebration and a lot of fun for most people, noisy fireworks can terrify our companion animals.

RSPCA Australia has put together a list of tips on pets and fireworks to help everyone feel safe and happy this New Year’s Eve.

Pets and fireworks – be prepared!

  • 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 cat toys/dog 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.
  • 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