Fireworks are a part of many people’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations and while they are fun for us, they can cause a great deal of stress for our pets. Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe and reduce noise anxiety this New Year’s Eve.
New Year’s Eve Pet Safety Tips:
1) Keep Pets Indoors: Try to keep your pet indoors at all times during holiday celebrations.
2.) Use a Leash; Keep your pets on a leash while on walks.
3.) Make them feel safe: Comfort your pets with petting, hugging, talking to them in a soothing voice, providing a treat and staying nearby if possible. Make sure they can access their crate or “safe place.”
4.) Avoid the noise. Try to drown out the fireworks sounds as much as possible by closing windows, turn on the radio ( I suggest 1071 The Monkey!) or turn on the TV.
5.) Act normal! Your pet takes cues from your and your family’s actions. It will help if you go about your normal routine as much as possible, talking and playing with your pet as usual.
6.) Protect your pet before the fireworks begin. There are a number of lost-pet devices and services available today, and it’s wise to be proactive in case your pet gets lost. Among the various pet-finder services available, the Pet Amber Alert ID Tag/Pet GPS combines Amber Alert technology with a QR Code and pet GPS to help pets return home safely.
By following these tips, hopefully fewer families will face the heartbreak of losing a pet.