New Year’s Eve can be a fun night of celebration, thinking back on the past year and looking forward to what the next year has in store. But for your pets, all this excitement, loud music and fireworks can create feelings of anxiety and fear. Here are some easy things you can do to make sure that your pet also has a happy New Year!
Stick To The Plan
Many pets are used to a regular or semi-regular daily routine. Even though your plans may deviate from the norm, there’s no reason their routine needs to. Feed your pet at the same times that you normally would and generally follow other things that they may have come to expect. If you are traveling with your pet or taking them to someone else’s house, try to recreate the things they’re used to. This will help them feel calm and relieve feelings of anxiety.
Work It Out
Playing with your pet or taking them for a walk may help them burn through extra energy and help them feel more calm and relaxed. Make sure you give your pet extra attention if you won’t be able to take them for their evening walk or play session.
Create A Sense of Calm
Many pets can feel more comfortable when confined. This can mean closing them in a room that’s away from party noise, putting them in a crate or clothing them in anxiety fighting gear like the Thunder Shirt. Create a safe space for your pet by making sure they have all their creature comforts like their favorite toy, a comfortable blanket and some ambient noise from the TV or radio.
Play Keep Away
The holidays and celebrations can expose pets to foods that they don’t normally have. Table scraps left on plates or dropped on the floor can make your pet sick and experience diarrhea, vomiting or worse. Make sure to keep your pet clear of areas where food is served or quickly clean up messes and food waste.
Beware of Decorations
Streamers and noisemakers can make your holiday. But for your pet, these can seem like fun to play with, which could result in choking, injury or a costly trip to the vet. Keep your pet busy with snacks or toys meant for them and make sure that they steer clear of party favors.
Follow these easy tips and your own common sense to create a happy, safe New Year for everyone, including your furry friends!