Did you know that more pets disappear on New Year’s and 4th of July than any other day of the year?
With all the loud sounds and flashing bright lights, it’s easy for our furry friends to get spooked and take off.
Fireworks Spooked my Dog
One year my dog got spooked by fireworks and took off. I'd lost her! I was terrified, I couldn't find her anywhere.
She was getting older, and it was the first time the fireworks had scared her. While she spent the night in someone’s home, I didn’t sleep at all!
I was happy she was safe, and we were both happy to reunite the next morning.
Keeping your Dogs Safe During New Year Eve Parties
New Year’s Eve can be fun for you, your family and friends. But loud noises and lights can become stressful for your pets.
I never want you to experience losing a pet.
Planning a New Year's Eve Party
While you may plan a fun New Year’s Eve party to celebrate the incoming year.
For your pet this can be a confusing, loud and stressful time.
Here are some party safety tips:
Alcohol - Keep alcohol well out of reach of pets.
If you have guests, make sure they know to keep their glasses out of reach of your pets.
Alcohol in pets can cause vomiting, a drop in blood pressure and body temperature which can lead them to unsteady walking. A small amount of alcohol in a small dog can be fatal.
Chocolates - Dogs can sniff out those holiday chocolates, which have the potential to filled with alcohol.
Be sure to keep all chocolate high out of reach of pets being able to jump up and help themselves to a piece of candy or two.
With marijuana legalized in more and more states, the increase of marijuana filled chocolate, brownies or treats has increased.
Marijuana causes a pet to become sleepy, sensitive to touch and become unsteady on their feet.
If you suspect your pet has ingested any chocolate, alcohol or marijuana, you’ll want to contact a veterinarian right away.
The same safety measures you'd use for Christmas you'd want to follow for New Year.
Are you going out for New Year’s Eve?
Are you planning a night out with family and friends to celebrate the New Year? Avoid the crowds with your pets.
Fireworks that are loud and bright are no fun for pets.
The best thing you can do for your pets is to leave them at home. This way they don’t become frightened and disorientated from the noise.
Before you head out to enjoy the celebrations
Check around the house to make sure that everything your pets can get into is safely stored away.
Your pets will be home alone with loud, confusing and scary noises coming from outside.
You can ease your pet's stress.
Here are a few tips on securing your pets while you’re out for the New Year celebrations.
Exercise your pets - If possible, work out your pets to help tire them out.
You can help their overall anxiety and stress by taking a walk. Let them run to play.
Create a safe space - Some pets feel more comfortable in a crate. Some prefer the bed.
If in a crate, keep a blanket or sheet over the crate. There are crates available for ready-made covers.
Dogs like a cavelike atmosphere. In a bed, make sure the curtains are closed.
Music - I keep an amazon dot in their room.
I ask Alexa to play music for 6 hours and keep the volume turned up to help drown out the fireworks.
Alexa is a great help in keeping my pets comfortable.
Anti-anxiety Wrap or Coat - Keeping a comforting anti-anxiety wrap like this one or a Coat has a calming effect on most pets. Even a scarf will do if you’re in a pinch.
ID Tags -Every year I update my dogs ID tags. This is the best thing to do to get them back quickly.
Treats - Freeze a Kong or edible bone to give to your dog. This will help keep them focused and entertained by the bones.
What you can give your dog to relieve anxiety
Hemp based products are a natural alternative to over-the-counter medications for pets. CBD ( Cannabidiol Oil) is very effective in treating a fearful dog.
Hopefully, these New Year’s Eve tips will allow you and your pets to have a wonderful Happy New Year’s.