A new year begins. So does a new decade. Celebrations begin. Don't let the joy of ringing in this newness end with tragedy. Your pets may be frightened by the festivities
, the noise, the people; therefore, remember two very important parts of your New Years
' celebration: quiet and identification.
Your pet should be safely contained
in a quiet area of your home. Provide his/her special bed/blanket, some food and water, and toys to help occupy and distract your pet from all the commotion. Fireworks, alcohol, noise makers
, and other disturbing sounds can cause panic and anxiety in your animal. Therefore, having his/her own quiet refuge will not only ease the stress,
but also keep your dogs and cats safe at home.
However, in case your pet slips out the front door or the backyard gate, make sure s
/he is microchipped
and/or has an ID tag on the collar. And,
ensure your contact information is updated. These tips are vital to make sure your pet gets home more quickly.
The ASCPA and others offer other great safety tips for New Year's Eve/New Year's Day celebrations. Visit these websites to learn more:
Happy (and Safe!) New Year to you and all your family and friends, including those beloved furry ones!!