New Years’ Eve Safety Tips for Your Pets!
28 December, 2016
New Years’ eve can be a fun and celebratory time for us with parties and a lot of celebratory activity. Whether you are out celebrating or having company over, it is important to be mindful of your pets. It really is not that different from July 4th with all the loud noises and festivities. Your pets need to be considered in whatever plans you make.
Keep your dogs and cats indoors especially if you aren’t home.
Keep your pets indoors for the evening. The noise can scare your pets and if there are any fireworks, the remnants can hurt your pet. Therefore, keep the outside visits to a minimum. Your normally calm dog or cat can become agitated from the noise and the surroundings. If you need to take your dog out, he should be on leash and monitored. Outdoor cats should be brought indoors.
Make sure your pets’ id tags are updated
The last thing you need is for your dog or cat to run out the door out of fear. Even if your dog or cat is secure inside, the sound of noise or even loud voices might put them on alert. And run out the door. Which is why you should have a physical id tag on your pet with all the current information so you can get your cat or dog home safely.
Make a safe place or room for your dog or cat to find comfort
If your pets are usually scared of noise, keep your pets in a safe enclosed room, with doors, windows and blinds closed. Surround your pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Chew toys or chew bones are great to keep them busy and feeling comforted.
Try playing soothing music or turn on the television. Keeping them occupied by the sound in the room and slightly masking the outside booms, crackles and horns is the key.
There are natural calming oils for your cats and dogs that might help
For dogs, lavender oil, which can be used either on your dog’s skin or by letting your dog smell it has a calming effect. Try spraying the lavender oil on your dog’s favorite blanket. There are also canine pheromone sprays can be helpful for the mildly affected (there are several types and brands available).
For cats, Feliway is a synthetic copy of the facial pheromone cats use to mark their territory as safe and secure. It can be used as a plug-in room diffuser, or as a spray.
If you have sensitive or scared pets, let your guests know.
If you are having people over to your home, keep in mind that your dog and/or cat might get nervous and then lash out of fear. This is yet another reason to keep your pets feeling safe and occupied in another room. Even the most gregarious pet might get scared or be upset by all the noise at attention.
As with any holiday that involves decorations and noise, it is important to think about how your cat and/or dog will be effected. Plan ahead and nothing wrong with being extra careful.