New Year’s Eve can be exciting for us but we may not be thinking about our pets as we plan the night ahead. Any time of the year when fireworks are used is when more pets are reported lost than any other time. Our pets can become extremely anxious when there are load bangs and flashes. Having a pet-friendly
New Year’s Eve requires using common sense! Always keep an eye on your pets and consider the following:
Make sure your pet gets plenty of physical activity during the day, maybe a little bit more than normal, and ensure they get a toilet break before it gets dark and the fireworks begin. This way your pet will be calm and more likely to have a good sleep in the evening.
Create a safe space for your pet indoors; try and confine them in an area where they cannot come to any harm, you might want to even consider using a cardboard box for your cat. Have the radio or TV on for background noise.
Keep the curtains closed so they cannot see the flashes, a pet that is frightened can react badly and in trying to get away from the noise could injure itself or even you. Pets are very curious creatures so try and keep them busy. Maybe purchase a new toy for them to play with so they are less likely to be worried about what is going on around them. If they are not in a confined space be very careful when opening an outside door that they don’t escape and run away in terror. Always ensure that your pets are micro-chipped so if they do escape there is a much better chance of them being recovered.
As long as your pet has a safe comfortable space in the evening and access to plenty of food and water you will have a more relaxed New Year’s Eve.
Protect your pets from dangerous substances which can be toxic. These substances can include, but are not limited to, alcohol, fireworks (sparklers), chocolate, cigarettes, salty snacks, and meat with bones. You don’t want to have to make an emergency visit to the vet on what could be one of the most fun nights of the year
Try to spend as much time with your pet on New Year’s Eve as you can but don’t fuss over them too much as that could also make them anxious, particularly if they have a nervous disposition normally. Play with them a little more and perhaps give them a toy filled with treats that will distract them and keep them calm and less likely to be frightened. If you are concerned about how your pet will react and cope with any load bangs you should consult your vet - an overly anxious pet can be prescribed calming medication
Now that you know what to do on New Year’s Eve to keep your pets safe and sound – we wish you a very happy New Year’s Eve celebration!