The racket associated with our celebrations – like loud party music blasting from the stereo, the explosion and fumes of firecrackers, the banging of pots and pans, and the deafening cacophony of laughter and karaoke singing – induce a lot of anxiety and stress in them.

 

Normally, their instinct is to run away from whatever it is that’s causing them stress. It is the reason why pets are more likely to go missing during this time of the year. They could also hurt themselves from trying to escape. The stress may result in other problems like an upset stomach and disorientation which could harm them further.

 

Make the New Year more bearable for your pet by following these 5 simple tips to keep them calm and safe all throughout the night:

 

Find a Temporary Refuge

Find a safe spot for your pet before the New Year celebrations start. If possible, bring him indoors in a room far from outside noise, especially if you will be traveling on those days. Make sure that there’s nothing inside the room that could possibly hurt him should he become agitated or stressed. If you have a dog, do not tether them to a post or put on their collars tightly because, when they get scared, they might try to tug on their leash to get away which could end up choking them.

 

Provide Distractions

Once you have found a secure area for your pet, you can then try to distract them with soothing music. It should just be loud enough to mask the noise outside. You can also try to engage them by giving them their favorite toy or treats.

 

Get Moving

Give them plenty of exercise on the day of New Year’s Eve to tire them out and help them sleep peacefully through the night. For dogs, that means a longer-than-usual walk around your neighborhood while for cats, that means more play time with laser pointers.

 

Desensitize

A few weeks before New Year’s Eve, you can start familiarizing your pet with loud noises associated with the event. You can choose music that is heavy on brass or trumpets or actual recordings of fireworks. Begin at a low volume and gradually increase the level. If your pet remains calm, reward him with treats. However, if he starts to show signs of stress, decrease the volume and allow him to recover first before practicing again.

 

Act Normally

In the midst of this very stressful scenario, avoid being excessively fussy with them. Just act like how you would normally treat them. At the same time, do not scold or hit them if they make a mess inside your house. Remember that they are terrified and stressed. Comfort them but do not overdo it. Instead, reward them with treats if they manage to remain calm the entire night.

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