New Years Eve – A time to celebrate all of the great times you had the past 12 months and to anticipate all of your life’s journeys for the upcoming year. What better way to ring in the New Year than with your pet? However, with pet safety in mind, there are precautions a pet owner must take to insure that a dog or cat stays out of danger or does not get lost while the ball drops. When making your resolutions, resolve not to start the New Year looking for a lost pet.
This Friday, will be one of the nosiest days of the year, guaranteed. Keep in mind that most animals are very sensitive to noise. Although there probably will be no way to shut out the noise entirely, there are certainly ways to help. First, make sure to secure anxious pets, ideally inside with you. Also, make sure they have a “safe” place to go if they get stressed and never scold a nervous pet. This will make the stress worse. If you won’t be home, confine your pet to a small room or enclosed area with music or television playing.
It is strongly recommended to bring outdoor pets inside for the night. Even the most street-smart pets can get frantic during loud celebrations like New Years. Too frequently we take our furry friends for granted. It is not worth taking the risk even if your pet is used to loud noises or commotions.
In no way should your pet be mixed in with firework celebrations. This is an ingredient for disaster. This will almost always lead to a lost and/or injured pet. If you plan on a light show, don’t take the risk. Keep your pets inside where they will be safe and sound.
Prior to celebrating would be a good time to make sure all identification tags and microchip information is accurate. If your pet isn’t micro chipped, having one inserted before New Years might not be a bad idea. Remember to update your microchip registration if you’ve moved or changed phone number.
If your pet is scared of their shadow, you might be in for a long night. Light sedatives might help reduce the stress during peak periods, but stay away from tranquilizers. Consult your veterinarian for options for your frightened furry friend.
With a little “puparation”, you and your pet can look forward to a happy 2011 together. Everyone at PetTravel.com wishes both you and your pet a very happy and healthy 2011.