Celebrating the New year is just around the corner although this year’s celebrations may be very different due to COVID Pandemic. The New Year’s Eve firework displays might be cancelled but people may still choose to have their own fireworks display at home in their gardens.
Much like the fourth of July, New Year’s Eve is full of loud noises that may stress out your doggy. Loud noises and flashing lights of fireworks can be very frightening for pets, especially doggys. Affected doggys may react very differently, from feeling anxious to panicking and trying to escape from all that noise and chaos.
Here are a few ways you can help keep your doggy to stay calm and be safe:
Use Toys or treats to distract your doggy.
Distract your doggy by giving them something fun to do. Provide them with their favorite treat so they can associate the noise with positive things or give them their favorite chew toy to keep them occupied.
Turn on the Radio or TV
Play soothing or calming music like baby songs and instrumental music. Try to increase the volume a little. Adjust the volume depending on the noise around your property. This will not only calm the doggy but will also drown out the sound coming from the fireworks.
Confine your doggy
For doggys that are crate trained, it provides a sense of security for them. Let them hide in their crate for the night and cover it with a towel or blanket for extra protection. If your doggy is not crate trained, putting them in a crate may scare them further. Put them in a room where they can not hurt themselves or damage your possessions.
Make sure to give them exercise
Earlier in the day, make sure to give your doggy enough exercise to wear him out. If the doggy has less energy, the less he’ll be prone to panic during the fireworks or he just tends to sleep.
Always Keep Calm
It is important to keep calm during the New Year Season so you don’t over excite your doggy. If you’re having guests over, keep the party away from them which may cause more stress. Don’t forget to pet them and talk to them in a soothing tone.
Feed them early
Feed your doggys early on the eve of Dec. 31 so that the doggy can digest the food properly and will not vomit the food that you gave him/her.
Prevent your doggy from inhaling firecracker fumes
To prevent your pets from inhaling the fumes from the fireworks, close all windows and doors. Keep a window that is farthest from the road open if you do not have an aircon. But keep your doggy away from this place. You only need some ventilation.
Ask your Vet
For special needs dogs, or dogs who quiver in fear, please ask your vet in advance what you can do to calm him or her down.
Make sure to have water nearby
Some doggys need more water during this time. Keep a bowl of water nearby and close to your doggy