With the New Year comes the promise of change, hope for the future and resolutions for a better you. Even though it is a time for retrospection and festivities for us, New Year’s Eve celebrations can be a bit dangerous for your pets.  However, there are a few things you can do to prepare and be aware of in order to keep your pets safe this New Year’s eve.

  • Identification: Make sure your pet’s tags are up to date and if they aren’t microchipped, it may be a good idea to get them chipped for Christmas. If they are chipped, log in and make sure all of your information is still correct. This way if the worst happens and they do happen to get out, you can ensure they come home quickly and safely.
  • Safe Space: Make sure they have a safe place to set up for them that is confined and away from the hubbub.  If your pets are outdoors, try setting them up in the garage or a shed that is safe (no chemicals or tools).  When fireworks start going off even the smallest dog may try and jump the fence.  Also, DO NOT tie them on a leash in the yard, the commotion of the New Year could easily cause them to try to escape and choke or get otherwise get tied up.
  • Arrange a Sitter: If you are going out and know your neighborhood is big on New Year’s Eve celebrations, it may be best to hire a sitter.  Pets are usually already on high alert then their owners are away, especially if they aren’t used to you going out at night.  It may be a good idea to hire a pet sitter if you’re going to be away.
  • Talk to Your Vet: If you have an especially anxious pet you may want to talk to your vet about getting them some medicine to help calm them.  This is only a last resort and should only be done under the care of a profession.
  • Potty Time: Make sure they go out to potty at least 30 minutes before midnight then put them in their safe area.  Fireworks can go well into the morning hours and your dog might be too scared to use the bathroom after hearing a few go off.  So to avoid any possible accidents, try and take them out early.

The New Year is a big deal for us that our pets don’t really understand. Even with the hidden dangers, it’s easy to keep them safe with just a little extra TLC.  That way you can welcome the New Year singing Auld Lang Syne peacefully.