Loud bangs and pops scare pets and can make a well-behaved pet misbehave or run away.
Celebrations can be stress-free if you plan. Consider your pet as you make your plans for December 31st.
Dr Staci Hansen’s #1 tip is to keep your pet inside during New Year’s Eve celebrations. There are stories of dogs who jump through windows and glass doors in response to fireworks.
She’ll also leave the TV on to drown out exterior noises. Luckily, Walker has two sisters (dachshunds named Sophie and Brinley) who help keep him calm as well!
7 more tips to keep pets safe while humans celebrate
-If you think your pet needs medication to stay calm, please call us now. It’s good to start new meds ahead of NYE to ensure the treatment works for your pet. Also, pharmacies can run low or be on backorder around the holidays.
–Calming pheromones like Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats can be helpful. We sell those on our online pharmacy.
–Consider boarding your pet if you will be out of the house. Alone in a house, a loud noise can turn a well-behaved dog into a destructive one. Firehouse has a new daycare and overnight boarding option. Firehouse Pet Resort opened in September!
-During fireworks or loud gatherings, keep pets in an internal room, away from windows. Drown out sound with a white noise machine or the television. Keep the room dark for cats. Turn on Dog Radio for your pups.
-Keeps pets at a safe distance if you’re setting off fireworks or sparklers at home. Dogs’ and cats’ hearing is sensitive. Loud bands may damage their ears. Also, we don’t want dogs to fetch lit fireworks, which can cause serious burns or death.
-Buy a ThunderShirt (now made for cats, too). They’re designed to swaddle your pet and make them feel secure.
-Ensure your pet’s microchip or collar tags are up to date so they’re easy to track down in the event they run away. Loud noises can trigger the nervous system. This causes a flight response, which is why pets run away on New Year’s Eve (and July 4th).
Fireworks don’t have to be a source of anxiety for pet owners. Follow our tips to ensure your holidays are fun and relaxing! Please call us if you have questions.