Acting Premier Peter Ryan has asked Victorians to make sure their pets are safe during firework displays this New Year's Eve.
Mr Ryan said fireworks frightened many animals, dogs in particular, so New Year's Eve could present problems for pet owners.
Last year the Lost Dogs Home in North Melbourne received 145 dogs found wandering in a 24 hour period during New Year events.
"Many animals terrified by fireworks escape from their properties and end up lost, injured by traffic, or handed into animal shelters," Mr Ryan said.
"Dogs should never be taken to a fireworks display and it's best not to leave them tied up or alone, either in a yard or a car, when fireworks are let off."
Mr Ryan said pet owners could prepare their animals for fireworks by taking their dog for a long walk beforehand so they have less energy, or by bringing them inside during the display.
"If this is not possible, secure your backyard to ensure your pet cannot escape and remove anything that could injure your pet if they panic," Mr Ryan said.
"If your pet is going to be kept inside, turning the radio or television on may help to dim the noise from outside. Close the blinds or curtains and leave the lights on so that the flashing lights from outside are less obvious."
Lost Dogs Home managing director Graeme Smith said it was also important to make sure your pet was easily identifiable with up-to-date details.
"In the unfortunate event your pet does run away during fireworks, it's important they have proper identification tags and their microchip details are up-to-date," Dr Smith said.
"Animals don't talk, so identification is the only way to make sure they can get home safely."
Bureau of Animal Welfare acting director Cathy Pawsey said people should reassure their pets by appearing confident and relaxed.
"Your pet will gain confidence from you if you do not make too much fuss during this time. It is important not to reinforce nervous behaviors," Ms Pawsey said.