New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration and fun with family and friends. However, our pets may not feel the same way with the loud noises and partying. With the help of a few tips and tricks, you can make this time of the year less frightening for your four legged friends.
Fireworks are a common sight around the end of the year, meaning there will be a big chance your pet will be exposed to the noise and sight of a firework exploding. A usual reaction to this will be to seek shelter and hide from what is scaring them. If possible, it’s best to keep your pets inside if you know there is going to be fireworks to avoid them escaping and becoming lost. If inside is not a possibility, they need to have a box or crate that they can protect themselves inside of surrounded by things they enjoy such as blankets, toys or a bone.
On the night of the fireworks, it is important to keep them entertained and occupied throughout the whole night. If you’re not going to be there on the night and you have them inside, make sure there is nothing that can cause them harm if they do become stressed, block out the windows to reduce the flashes of lights, and put the radio or TV on loud enough to drown out the bangs from the fireworks.
Not all pet owners will have space for their pet to stay inside or may not want them in their in the first place. If this is the case, find a spot for them outside such as a garage, laundry or kennel where you can protect them from the fireworks. If you cannot take care of your pet on the night and feel as though they may not be safe at your home, try to find a sitter for the night. This can be someone who is familiar to your pet that will not be going out on the night.
These preventative methods are the best ways to keep you pet safe, although no matter how hard you try, they can sometimes escape or get themselves in to mischief. Therefore, it is important to make sure your pet is microchipped and all the information is up to date. If your pet doesn’t often wear a collar, think about putting one on if there is going to be fireworks to ensure they get returned to you safely.
Another alternative is to exercise your pet just before dusk to ensure they are too tired to care about the fireworks when they are on. This not only gets them exhausted but gives them the opportunity to go to the toilet beforehand and saves a trip outside whilst the fireworks are going off.
This celebratory time of year can be very unnerving for your pet, however with a little bit of preparation you can help reduce their anxiety so it is not a night for them to fear. This also means that you too can enjoy the festivities without worrying about your pet the whole time.
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