- Keep your pets indoors! There is less chance that your pet will run away if they are kept inside in a nice, warm and cozy area that makes them feel safe. Many pets become anxious and scared when they hear fireworks popping outside. Try playing some nice music or put on some good doggy or kitty TV for them to listen to in the background instead of fireworks.
- Ask your veterinarian for medication. Some animals have extreme cases of anxiety when it comes to fireworks. Many people prepare for holidays like New Year's Eve and Independence Day by asking their vet to prescribe something to help calm their pet. Usually, a medication that mildly sedates dogs and cats called acepromazine can be prescribed. You could also try a little bit of benadryl.
- If you must take your pet outside, keep them leashed or confined. A couple of animals are curious and want to "get" the fireworks like my dog who insists on trying to bite them while they are going off. I have learned that it's better for her to stay in, but if this isn't an option for you then just keep your dog on a leash with a good fitting collar. I have watched dogs slip out of their collars time and time again because most people do not put them on tight enough.
New Year's Eve can also be a time where people are having parties with lots of guests and good things to eat and drink. If you're having a New Year's celebration at your house this year, here are some more tips on ways to help keep your furry or feathery friends safe.
- Keep your pets safe in their own area. I know you want all of your guests to see how cute Fido and Fluffy look, but in the best interest of your pet you should probably confine them to their own special area with plenty of water, toys, and treats to keep them occupied. This will also prevent any unwanted breakouts from guests who might leave the front door open accidentally.
- Don't let your pet drink alcohol! If your going to be drinking on New Year's Eve, then be sure to keep your alcoholic beverages out of the reach of your pet's curious tongues. Alcohol is toxic to animals.
- Watch what your pet eats. Treats are fun and fine in moderation. Too many table scraps could make your pet's tummy upset however and possibly cause pancreatitis. Ask your guests not to feed your pets any table scraps.
I hope all my friends out there have a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration! May 2013 be a grand year for you and your family!