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Make Sure Your Pets Have a Safe New Year's

December 27, 2018


New Year's Eve is one of the most popular times of year for people to gather with friends and family to celebrate both an end and a new beginning. Unfortunately for many pets, this can be a scary time with music blasting from neighborhood parties as well as the sound of fireworks going off to the "wee hours" of morning. In fact, loud noises may be the number one reason that a greater number of lost pets in up in shelters during the holiday season.

If you are heading out to enjoy a local fireworks show, leave your pets at home. It really doesn't matter how much they like to go during other times of the year, the sights, sounds and smells of a firework show can leave your furry friends upset and cowering in their seat. By applying a little common sense and following the tips provided below, you can help your pet avoid the "Flight" and "Flee" sensation that is felt when new dangers are perceived.

Follow these four tips for a safe and fun New Year’s Eve for you and your pets:1

  1. Exercise Pets During the Day – For dogs, take them on a long walk or run. For cats, play with them for up to a half-hour or more. If they are tired, pets are more likely to nap or rest through the festivities.
  2. Keep Dogs and Cats Indoors – If you must let the dog out for a bathroom break, monitor them closely by keeping them on a leash. Make sure the collar is fitted and there is no chance of escape if they become frightened by the sounds of fireworks. It is best to not let your cats out at all.
  3. Keep Pets in a Familiar Area - For example, a quiet bedroom with food, water, toys, and bedding. Try playing soothing music in the room to drown out the sound of fireworks. If you have both dogs and cats, you may want to separate them in different rooms.
  4. Do Not Feed the Animals - Make sure if your pets interact with party guests that everyone knows not to feed your pets food or alcohol. This may seem self-explanatory, but some people may not be aware of the dangers of such behavior.

As much as you love spending time with your pets, remember that this time of year is likely scarier for them than it is fun. If you are a stay-at-home New Year's Eve-er, you might want to settle in a quieter room and turn up the volume on the TV. Some of our pet owners have even recommended purchasing a "Thunder Shirt" for their dog to wear during the explosive hours of New Year's Eve. If you're going out of town, consider PrimeVET's pet boarding facilities as a second home for your furry friend. Happy New Year and don't forget to schedule your pet's annual checkup for 2019.

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1FIRST COAST NO MORE HOMELESS PETS Newsletter, New Year's Eve Pet Safety Tips, original content taken from the Austin American-Statesman, GateHouse Media, LLC.

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