Happy New Year! Well… almost. There’s still time to make this New Year’s Eve a safe and happy one for your pets. Make this New Years Eve fun and SAFE for you and your pets! Big gatherings, loud noises, and startling fireworks are some of the things we love about the Holidays – but they can be very frightening for our pets. With a little planning and precaution, you can ensure that this New Years celebration is enjoyable for everyone.
Pet Safety Tips for New Years Eve:
1. UPDATE IDENTIFICATION
The biggest risk of all this New Years Eve is that pets will get loose and become lost. Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of noisemakers, gunfire, and fireworks can cause them to enter an extreme panic mode – sometimes even breaking through glass windows. Make sure your pets are licensed, micro-chipped and wearing identification tags.
Dogs should be wearing a current license.
Make sure the microchip company has your current address and phone numbers.
To learn more about micro-chipping, please give us a call at 804-642-5740.
2. KEEP PETS INDOORS
Keep your pets in a safe, enclosed room, preferably one without windows. If you’re having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that’s off-limits to guests with plenty of water and food.
3. CREATE A CALMING ENVIRONMENT
Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.
4. KEEP AWAY FROM NOISEMAKERS
Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by noisemakers and fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets. Avoid potential burns, injuries, or possible ingestion by keeping all pets out of the vicinity of celebratory noisemakers and fireworks.
If you have any questions or concerns about keeping your pets safe, happy and healthy over the holiday please give us a call at 804-642-5740. We will be open regular business hours on New Years Eve and we will be closed on New Years Day. If you have an emergency on New Years Day please contact Animal Emergency Center at 757-234-0461. Happy New Year from everyone at Animal Care of Gloucester!