Protect your pet this New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve is a time of terror for many Queensland pets - the combination of fireworks and the potential for a summer storm combine to bring fear to many of our four-legged friends.

RACQ spokesperson Kirsty Clinton has pleaded with Queensland pet-owners to plan ahead to keep their pets safe this New Year’s Eve.

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“Pets can find the noise of fireworks extremely traumatising – it’s similar to the roar of a thunderstorm,” Ms Clinton said.

“Loud noises can cause pets to attempt to escape home or to behave destructively. This can result in injuries to the animal, damage to property and even animals running away.

“Please think ahead and include your pet’s wellbeing in your New Year’s Eve plan.”

Ms Clinton provided a number of tips for pet owners in the lead up to New Year’s Eve including:

  • Make sure all doors, windows and fences are secure
  • Ensure your pet is wearing their collar with ID tag
  • Provide access to a safe, secure and comfortable place for your pet to shelter
  • If you’re home, comfort your pet and reassure them that everything is okay
  • Don‘t punish your pet for getting upset during fireworks.