Fireworks Displays Prompt Warning for Animal Owners

Fireworks Displays Prompt Warning for Animal Owners

Horses can be easily scared by fireworks and it’s important for owners to take a few precautions ahead of the holiday in order to protect their animals.

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Horse and pet owners are being reminded to secure their animals this New Year’s Eve ahead of noisy fireworks displays.

“Every year there is a spike in the number of animals that go missing over the New Year period across the state,” said New South Wales, Australia, Department of Primary Industries Acting Director Animal Biosecurity Juliet Corish.

“Fireworks, with the combination of bright lights and very loud noises, can be distressing for our animals and can cause them to become anxious and even take flight," she explained. “In particular, dogs and horses can be easily scared by fireworks and it’s important for owners to take a few precautions ahead of the holiday in order to protect their pets.”

Corish said simple measures like ensuring fencing is adequate can help.

“When animals are distressed they can injure themselves when trying to escape, and often animals are found several kilometers away from their home," she said. “Direct supervision of distressed animals is the best option for ensuring the safety of pets.

“If owners are particularly concerned for the safety of their animals during fireworks displays, they should speak to their local vet about possible treatment options.” she said.

For additional information on preparing horses for fireworks, see Fireworks and Horses: Preparing for the Big Boom on TheHorse.com.

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