Prepare for a Happy Safe New Year

December 30, 2019

Australian Shepherd wears a happy new years hat next to a tree and stars at camera

Happy New Year! New year’s celebrations can be a fun activity for us humans but can also be scary and confusing for our animals. Below I have compiled a list of things you can do to help your pets through this holiday that involves firework explosions throughout the coming days.

Exercise

Exercising your pet during the day by going on a long walk, playing with toys inside, or going to a park can help ease them into night time. They will be tired and less likely to get bothered by the loud sounds outside.

Thundershirt

If you have a thundershirt or can get one before the fireworks start, they are a great option. Thundershirts help dogs with all types of anxiety and are highly recommended for holidays like this.

Keep your pet indoors

If you take your pet outdoors be sure to monitor them and keep them on a leash at all times. Make sure doggy doors are secure. Even the most well behaved dog can bolt when scared. Keep your dogs and cats indoors to keep them from running off when the loud festivities start.

Keep your pet in a cozy room

If you are having a get together, be sure that everyone is aware of your animals and where they need to stay. Keep your pets in a safe cozy room away from all of the noise and celebration if at all possible.

Cannanine CBD oil with Australian shepherd

CBD Oil

You can administer CBD Oil made for dogs and cats as well. Check out the Doggo Bloggo all about CBD oil here.

Play soothing music

If you are leaving your home for the holiday you can put on some soothing music to drown out the sounds and keep your pet calm.

This is just like the 4th of July

Remember, this is just like the 4th of July. The highest number of animals in shelters is the 5th of July and the 1st of January.

Microchip your dog prior to the holiday

This can be very handy for unintended escapes by your scared or wandering pets. When someone finds your pet they can take them to any vet or shelter and have them scanned. Make sure your information is always up to date. Ask your vet or local shelter about your microchipping options.
I personally use HomeAgain which has an annual fee of $20. Above is what Lily’s Profile looks like.
This membership includes:
  • Your pet in the HomeAgain National Pet Recovery Database
  • Lost Pet Specialists
  • Rapid Lost Pet Alerts
  • Personalized Lost Pet Posters
  • Emergency Medical Hotline
  • Travel Assistance for Found Pets

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So let’s recap

  • Don’t leave pets outside, even if they are in a fenced yard and/or tied up. That flight response is stronger than you think.
  • If you are going out for the night keep your pets secure in a cage or room they are comfortable in with a favorite toy or blanket. Put on the tv or some soothing music so it can help dull down the loud noises outside.
  • Don’t leave the doggy or cat door open to the outside world. If it has a lock, lock it. If not, block it somehow.
  • Check into getting a ThunderShirt for your pet. These anxiety vests can keep some pets calm during fireworks, thunderstorms, and be used for separation anxiety.
  • Try a calming treat, essential oil spray, or a liquid calming supplement that can be added to your pet’s food before the fireworks start such as CBD Oil for dogs and cats.
  • Microchip your pet prior to the holiday so that you have a better chance at finding them if they do get lost.

We hope you have a safe, happy, and prosperous new year!

Love,

Jess & Lily

Girl standing in a field holding up an Australian shepherd in her arms

 

 

 

 

 

 

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