New Year’s Eve is an exciting, wonderful holiday for humans, but it can be downright terrifying for many animals. To keep your pet safe from both fireworks and his own fears, try the following tips:
Keep Animals Indoors
Even if your pets are used to coming and going as they please, New Year’s Eve is just not a good night for them to venture out alone. There may be extra traffic because of people going to and from various parties, and there’s always the danger that your animal will have an uncomfortably close call with a misdirected firecracker. So, keep your pets home for the night—it’s for their own good.
Know Your Animal’s Temperament
Some cats can sit through a roaring hurricane without so much as turning a hair, while others are completely undone by a few claps of thunder. A fear of firecrackers and fireworks is common among both dogs and cats, so if one or all of your animals is frightened by loud noises, then try to keep that in mind during the festivities.
Take Safety Precautions
If your pet is frightened by firecrackers and fireworks, you’re going to have to take certain precautions to keep your pet and your property safe during the night. Some animals react to the fear by hiding in a small, dark place; this is probably the best reaction for everyone involved, but be sure to put your animal in an unused room if you have guests coming over. You don’t want to aggravate his already frazzled nerves with a bunch of chatting strangers.
While it’s true that many animals respond to firecrackers and fireworks by hiding out and hunkering down, other pets have less socially-acceptable responses to fear. Even a small dog can rip apart a room and its furnishings during a relatively short period of time if there are enough fireworks going off in the distance, so it’s important to place an animal that reacts to fear with aggression in a relatively bare room. It will help keep him from hurting himself and your furniture. You should also talk to your vet about antianxiety medication or other stress-reduction measures you can take to make your pet calmer, and therefore, less of a danger to himself.
With any luck, you and your pet will celebrate many New Year’s Eves together, but the unfortunate truth is that because we live so much longer than dogs and cats, we are much more likely to lose them to old age than they are to lose us. If your pet has recently passed on, you should consult with Paws Whiskers & Wags. Paws Whiskers & Wags provides pet cremation services, as well as pet memorials and pet funeral services. We also help the bereaved find an appropriate pet urn. For more information about our Atlanta-area business, please call (404) 370-6000 today.