New Year’s Celebration can be a potentially dangerous and frightening time for four legged friends. In addition to the physical dangers, many pets are fearful of the noise created by fireworks the beginning of the New Year. In fact, this holiday results in one of the most number of calls of runaway and lost pets into animal shelters.
Here are some tips to keep your pet safe New Year’s Eve:
- Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise earlier in the day. Like going to doggy daycare at Walks and Wags.
- Be sure to keep your pets indoors, in a secure, comfortable area, with all curtains and windows closed. Never let your pets outside during fireworks.
- Leave your pets at home (indoors) when going to watch the fireworks.
- Turn on the radio or television to distract them from any outside sounds.
- Be sure your pet is wearing a properly fitting collar with identification tags, in the event of escape. Dogs have been known to become Houdini around New Years. Micro chipping is a safe way to assure identity of pets, if tags are lost.
- If possible, keep the windows and curtains closed. Covering the crate or lowering the blinds can also be helpful. Removing visual stimulation can also help calm dogs.