It was all paws on deck in a Christmas celebrations with a very furry feel last Wednesday as City of Rockingham rangers held a special party for dogs calling the pound home.
The canines had a complete Christmas experience as they enjoyed all the things their two-legged friends are sure to revel in on Christmas Day.
Christmas can often end in sad stories for dogs who are given as well-intentioned gifts to people who might not be ready for the responsibility of pet ownership.
The dogs at the pound got to let their hair down and enjoyed homemade doggy treats from Bawkday Paw-ty and even got dressed up in party hats, reindeer antlers and Christmas bandanas.
With New Year’s Eve next on the party calendar, dog owners are reminded to look after their pets during the celebrations.
The Australian Veterinary Association has set out some guidelines to ensure pets don’t suffer from the noise of fireworks, which can have a lasting affect on a pet.
President of the AVA’s small animal special interest group, Dr David Neck said animals had very acute hearing.
“Loud bangs and whistles can not only cause pain in their ears but can also make the bravest of pets frightened,” he said.
“Noise phobia is a common problem in pets and even a single experience can cause long-term damage.
“And it’s not only cats and dogs that suffer, other pets including rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, ferrets, birds and horses can also be affected,” he said.