New homes are often followed by new pets. Consider their safety this New Year’s Eve. As fun as this night may be, our furry family members may not be as enthused, especially any new pets that joined your family over the holidays. Whether old or new, many pets can get frightened and overwhelmed with all the noise and commotion that come with celebrations, cheers and anticipation of an exciting year to come.
Here are some tips for your pets as you ring in the New Year:
1 | Update identification
Pets can easily be lost in the rush of the holidays, and should your pet escape on this festive night, you will want to improve your chances of finding them. Put on their collars and make sure their tags are up to date. Have their microchip checked by their vet and update their contact information if you’ve moved or changed numbers. The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association showed a return-to-owner rate of 52 percent for dogs who are microchipped, compared to a rate of just 22 percent for dogs who enter a shelter and are not microchipped.
To learn more about microchipping, ask your veterinarian.
2 | Bring ALL of your pets inside
Some pets prefer to be outside, however, for this night we would recommend keeping them inside only. It is very common for fireworks, noise makers and other loud sounds to occur during this night which often spook pets – many times resulting in them looking for a way to escape.
3 | Secure your pets in a private room
Even if your pets love to be part of the action, this is the time of the year for pets to get out when guests come in. Keeping your pets in a room with the TV or radio on may help fuse out some of the commotion occurring outside. Consider setting up a pet safety place where your pets can escape from holiday hubbub, with their favorite toys, familiar objects, a cozy bed, fresh water, and food.
4 | Keep your alcohol celebrations with your two-legged friends ONLY
Often a champagne bottle is popped as the clock hits midnight, and although you want to include everyone in your celebrations, pets should not be one of them. Alcohol can be dangerous for humans to consume, and it’s no different for cats and dogs. If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages, be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks where pets cannot get to them.
We know the sinking feeling that comes with discovering your furry best friend is missing. Should your pet escape on New Year's Eve, the sooner you begin your search, the better your chances of being reunited with them will be. These steps can be taken both inside and outside your neighborhood to help improve your chances of finding them.