Tips for Pets on New Year’s Eve (and day!)
31 December, 2013

With New Years’ eve approaching, most of our pet parents go out and/or have people over to our homes.  While we are thinking about all the preparations involved, it is important to remember our little pet kids at home.  Remember that big parties, loud noises, and sometimes fireworks are some of the things we love about the holidays but they can be very frightening for our pets.  However, with a little planning and precaution, you can make sure that the New Year’s festivities are safe and enjoyable for everyone.

Below are some tips to consider:

Keep your pet’s indoors

If possible, try to keep your pets indoors for the evening.  The remnants of scorching novice fireworks, bottle rockets and other stray objects could cause serious injury to your pet. Therefore, keep the outside visits to a minimum.

As the night approaches, your normally calm pets can become anxious from the noise and the surroundings.  If your dog is barking in the yard and/or anxious from the noise, he or she might run out of the yard.  Or find that little broken piece of gate and escape.

When your pet must go out to do ‘his business’, you should watch your pet or use a leash with a snug fitting collar or harness.

Make sure your pets’ id tags are updated

The biggest risk of all this New Years’ eve is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of noisemakers, gunfire, and fireworks can cause them to enter an extreme panic mode, sometimes even breaking through glass windows, slipping out doors or pushing through screens.

Make sure your pets are licensed and micro-chipped. Make sure the microchip company has your current address and phone numbers. If anything, collar and tag every pet in your home now.

Create a safe and comforting environment for your pets

If you’re having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests with plenty of water and pet food.  People coming in and out while not paying attention can be a perfect way for your anxiety stricken pet to escape.

Any cat or dog can easily choke on the blower attachment of party horns or portions of party hats. If your dog or cats’ eat certain party foods, it can be harmful for your pets.  Don’t risk any of these things happening to your loving companion.

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.

Create a space in the room for them to find refuge. Either an open door crate you are sure they will utilize or under a coffee table or perhaps behind a chair or couch. Just place their comfort items in this hiding place for them to relax.

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.

Keep your guests safe

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 social 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.  It is always better to be extra cautious and safe.  

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