For dogs, cats, birds, and other animals New Years Eve can be very, very scary and stressful, that’s why you as a pet owner need to take several precautions to make sure your little friends are safe during this night.
The reason why this night is so stressful for your animals is because of the fireworks. Just like they’re afraid of thunderstorms and loud bangs they are afraid of fireworks too! They will try and do anything to escape the explosion including running away. Some end up hit by cars or killed in other ways as they flee. They may also injure themselves or others in their panic and terror.
So what should you do to keep your pet safe during New Years Eve?
Well there are several things you can do:
- Never leave animals tethered or chained outside, as they can hang themselves if they leap over a fence while trying to run from the noise.
- Keep cats and dogs indoors during the celebrations and, if possible, stay with them—never take them with you to watch fireworks displays!
Extra tip: Make sure your dogs and cats are wearing a collar or harness with an up-to-date identification tag, just in case.
- To muffle the disturbing sounds, close your windows, draw the curtains, and shut the blinds.
Extra tip: Turn the radio on! Preferably to a classical-music station, this will calm down your pets too.
- Make sure your dog or cat has a safe place to hide (under the bed is fine!).
- Try being upbeat and cheerful to show them that all is well. Try to provide distractions, such as toys, games, activities, and yummy treats so that they can relate the scary noises and bright lights to something positive.
Extra tip: Never ever punish animals for being afraid, as that will backfire and only make them more fearful.
- Consider giving your dog melatonin shortly before the fireworks start. You can find it at your local health food store, and dogs can take between 1 and 6 mg, depending on body weight. It will help them stay calm.