New Year's Eve is a time of celebration and excitement for many, but for our furry friends, it can be a night of anxiety and fear. The sudden loud noises from fireworks can trigger a natural fight-or-flight response in animals, causing them to pace, pant, bark, or try to escape.
Here are some tips to help keep your pet calm during New Year's Eve:
Create a safe space for your dog
Pets like humans need to feel a sense of control to feel safe. To provide for this, ensure your pet has access to their safe spot, like a bed or a crate.
- Ensure they are secure and can’t escape, turn on background calming music to help them relax, especially if they are alone.
Keep them company!
Ideally pets are not alone during these times and have company to keep them calm.
Exercise and play
Make sure your pet gets plenty of exercise and playtime leading up to New Year's Eve. This will help to tire them out and make them less likely to be anxious in the evening.
If your pet is particularly sensitive to noise, try desensitisation training beforehand. Play recordings of fireworks at a low volume and gradually increase the volume over time. Pair the recordings with positive reinforcement, such as treats or praise, to help your pet associate the sound with something pleasant.
Never take your pet to fireworks displays
Fireworks are dangerous for pets, and they should never be taken to see them.
- Feed our Anipal Calm Treats for Anxious Dogs at least 30 mins before the fireworks. To keep your pet occupied through the evening, we recommend also providing our Dental Sticks for Anxious Dogs, and our Calm Formula Powder Meal Topper.
- Keep your pet's microchip and ID tags up to date.
- Have a plan in place in case your pet escapes.
- If your pet is severely anxious, talk to your veterinarian about medication.
With a little preparation, you can help your pet stay calm and safe during New Year's Eve. By following these tips, you can create a positive and stress-free environment for your furry friend to enjoy the night.