Pet Safety During New Years
While it may be fun for us, for our pets it can be a source of fear and anxiety. With additional people in the house (or no people at all for that matter) and all sorts of loud noises and lights it can be a trying time. In fact, New Year’s Eve sees some of the highest numbers of runaway and lost pets due to them potentially bursting out of the house or yard to try and escape the commotion.
Here are a few tips to help keep those critters safe during the holiday.
- Provide your pet with a quiet location or room away from any festivities that might be going on. Even if they love being a part of the gathering, a little break every now and then is a good thing. If you’re not going to be home, consider leaving the tv or radio on to provide some ambient noise to help block out any other obnoxious sounds.
- Make sure your pet’s ID tags are on and up to date. In the event that they happen to escape, it will be much easier to get them home if/when they are found by someone else.
- Consider using a calming agent in a situation where anxiety may be too much for your pet. There are plenty of natural remedies and pheromones in various forms to help alleviate the stress.
- If you are outdoors with your pet, make sure they are well lit. Blinkers, lighted collars and other lighted products can go a long way in making sure your pet is visible and safe.
- If your pet is going to be a part of the festivities, be aware of where the alcohol is. Alcohol is poisonous to pets and even a small amount can cause issues. Your guests may be unaware and leave drinks low and unattended.
So with all of that, we hope you and your pets will all have a safe and prosperous New Year. 2012 here we come!