New Year’s Eve may be a time for celebration, but animal experts have urged people to keep their furry friends in mind on December 31.

Animal Emergency Service Underwood director Dr Alex Hynes says the holiday season is one of the most dangerous for pets, with fireworks one of the main risks owners should watch out for.

“New Year’s Eve into New Year’s Day is really the busiest 24 hours of the whole year for us,” Dr Hynes said.

“On the morning of New Year’s Day, our hospital is full of lost pets.

“Some are fine, but others have been injured because they’ve been hit by a car or caught in a fence.”

A Queensland Lost Pet Register spokesperson said the organisation also saw a massive increase of missing pets on New Year’s Eve.

Dr Hynes also cautioned people hosting New Year’s Eve parties to keep an eye on their pets, especially around food, alcohol and intoxicated guests.

“The backyard barbecues are a really popular option on New Year’s Eve, and the kind of food that’s eaten at those barbecues can be dangerous, like onions which are toxic to dogs or wooden skewers which are extremely dangerous if swallowed,” she said.

Article originally posted as ‘Owners urged to protect their pets this New Year’s Eve’

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