Even if you are planning to celebrate your New Year’s Eve quietly at home without guests your pets are more likely to get hurt or lost on this day than any other time of the year. Follow the guidelines below and your pets will make it through this holiday safe and sound.
Step #1: Prep in Advance
There are many ways you could prepare for this holiday with your pets in mind, but let me get specific. Know what you are doing, and make your plans for your pets accordingly. For example, if you are having a house party, arrange to have your pets confined behind a baby gate or in an inner room in the house so that your pet won’t slip out as a guests enter. If you are going out, arrange for a pet sitter or again, put them in a room in the house that will make it impossible to get out when you are returning home. The bottom line here is to have a plan of some nature.
Step #2: Tire Your Pet
It would be ideal if your pet would just sleep through the entire ordeal wouldn’t it? You can’t guarantee that will happen, but it will be more likely if you tire them out earlier in the day. If they are tired they are going to have less energy to panic or freak out. So, take them to the park, for a run or on a play date but no matter what you do wear them out!
Step #3: Check The IDs
Check your pet’s ID tags before hand to be certain they are current. The goal is to not let the pet get out in the first place, but if they do, your best chance of getting them back is for their IDs to be current, and better yet for them to have microchips.
Step #4: Invest in a New Toy
Bone chewing in dogs has great benefits for their teeth, but it also can help keep them busy. That sort of distraction can prevent them from panicking over noises they might here outside, or the nerves that can come if you go out on New Years. A new toy will have many of the same benefits for a cat as for a dog, mainly being the distraction and stimulation it can provide.
Step #5: Play Some Music
It will drown out some of the noise of the fireworks and again provide distraction for your pets from the giant scary things happening outside. They will still know something is happening outside, but music will give them something else to focus on.
Step #6: Be Wary of Food
It isn’t a secret that some people food can be absolutely detrimental to a pets health. Pet owners will know that but some of your guests will not. The best way to avoid trouble is to keep guest separate from you pet but if for some reason it is unavoidable count the number of treats your pet is allowed to have over the entire evening into a jar and put it where guests can see it and clearly mark it.
Step #7: Water
Lots of water should be available. Pets tend to drink more when they get stressed so make sure there is plenty available.
No one wants to lose their pets, and certainly not during the holiday season when we are supposed to have lots of joy. Follow the steps I provided and you will be able to enjoy your New Year’s Eve without fearing for the safety of your pet.