Protect pets from noise and heat

Wodonga Council is urging dog owners to keep their pets secure during New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Many dogs are terrified of the noise and flashes associated with fireworks and will do anything to get away.

There will be fireworks at Birallee Park for the New Year's Eve Fireworks  event on December 31, which involves an evening of food stalls, free live music and family entertainment.

These animals often escape from their backyard and roam the streets, which can lead to them being hit by a car, becoming lost or ending up in the pound.

Dog owners are advised to provide a secure environment for pets during the festive season.

Where possible, bring your dog inside or confine them in a secure area before the fireworks begin.

Try leaving the lights on in the room to disguise the flashes, and put on the television or radio to mask the noise.

Importantly, make sure your dog is micro-chipped and registered with the council, and all your details are up-to-date.

Dogs should also be wearing a collar identification tag so if they escape they can be easily returned.

It’s also important to think about your pet’s welfare in the hot weather.

Take dogs for their exercise early in the morning, before the day or the ground gets too hot.

Walk them on grass where possible and ensure active dogs don’t over-exercise and suffer heatstroke.

Offer cooling options like a hose down, a swim or a cooler place, particularly after exercising.

Ensure there is adequate shade and plenty of drinking water available throughout the summer months.