PET authorities and councils are warning pet owners of the danger of New Year’s Eve fireworks for dogs.
They say the noise and flashes often sees animals escape from their backyard and roam the streets.
Wodonga Council’s Craig McClanahan, said dog owners should provide a secure environment for their pet during the festive season.
“Bring your dog inside or confine them in a small secure area before the fireworks begin,” he said.
“You could try leaving the lights on in the room to disguise the flashes and put on the TV to mask the noise.
“It is important that you don’t fuss over your dog, and try and engage them in normal play instead.”