Bass Coast,

Fireworks Aren't Fun For Everyone

Across Australia, many celebrations include fireworks. Unfortunately many animals are terrified by firework displays; dogs and horses in particular. Many try to run away, sometimes injuring themselves in the process. Dogs have been known to easily jump over or dig under fences that would normally contain them.

Bass Coast Shire Council’s Acting Community and Economic Development Director, Antoinette Mitchell, said pet owners should prepare early for fireworks happening during Christmas and New Year celebrations.

“If you can, stay home and be with your pet. If not, close the blinds or curtains, put on some music or the TV to help mask the noise outside and make sure all external doors are closed,” Ms Mitchell said.

“Cats will usually find somewhere safe to hide and will venture out only when the noise stops. Make sure your cat or dog is microchipped and your details are up to date on the microchip register just in case they do wander and get lost.

“Horses are also vulnerable when exposed to fireworks.

“If possible, they should be securely stabled or removed to a different location away from the fireworks display. Cover stable windows to hide the sight of the fireworks and dim the noise. Also, make sure you provide plenty of food and water.”

Fireworks will be held in at Carols on the Bay in Cowes on Tuesday, 17 December and in Inverloch and Coronet Bay on New Year’s Eve on Tuesday, 31 December.