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Keeping pets safe this holiday season

Its holiday time and in the excitement about festivities and fun it may be easy to forget the effect holidays can have on our pets.

“There are many pets in our Council area and this is a reminder for pet owners that holidays can be stressful for pets, so now is a good time to think about your pet’s welfare”, said Warrumbungle Shire Council Mayor, Councilor Denis Todd. “High volumes of visitors, loud noises and parties mean it is important for residents to look after their pets ensuring we all have a great holiday season.”

“With all the activities, excitement, fireworks and summer storms animals can become overwhelmed and do have a tendency to wander from their home. It is important that all pet owners have secure fences and gates to ensure pets cannot escape when distressed”, said Cr Todd.

“A great way to ensure your pets are safe when you go away is to have someone looking after them at home in the holidays. This is a good way sure your pets are getting fresh food, water, regular exercise and attention, and don’t go wandering.”

“If you are travelling with pets, make sure they are restrained safely in the car or on the ute and be mindful of hot temperatures inside your car or on ute trays. Ensure you give your pets regular rest breaks during your trip so they can stay hydrated and stretch their legs”, Cr Todd explained.

“If you are planning on committing to a new pet please remember that puppies and kittens may be a nice Christmas gift but are a huge commitment and responsibility. Council pounds and animal rescue organisations are often inundated with unwanted puppies and kittens after Christmas which creates a strain on resources and is very distressing for the animals”, concluded Cr Todd.

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Last Updated: 20 Dec 2019