How to Keep Your Pet Safe on New Year’s Eve

Keep your dog safe this New Year’s Eve.

New Year’s Eve can be a time of fun and commotion, but it can also be extremely stressful on your pets. Take these extra precautions this New Year’s Eve.

Heading out? Leave Her Home

If you’re heading out to enjoy fireworks in your city or neighborhood, leave your dog at home. As much fun as it is to take your pup on your adventures, this is one time she’s happier to be home alone. The sights, sounds, and—most especially—smells of fireworks can drive even the calmest dog crazy.

Hosting at Home? Secure Her Indoors

Because so many dogs panic and flee during fireworks and loud cheering, if you’re hosting a party for NYE at your home, secure your dog inside so that she doesn’t have the opportunity to escape. Keep her in a room or kennel where she feels comfortable. Consider playing soft music or leaving the TV on to provide a noise distraction. For fearful dogs, look into options like the ThunderShirt or Dog-Appeasing Pheromones to help alleviate some of the day’s stress.

Monitor Other Dangers

New Years usually includes an evening of food and drinks and guests coming and going. Make sure that your dog can’t access the food by keeping it in the fridge or on a high surface, out of reach. In the doorway that guests use to come in and out of the house, hang a sign that warns them not to let the dog out, or keep your dog on a leash. A waist leash keeps your dog secured to you so you can monitor her whereabouts all day and ensure she doesn’t get herself into any trouble, while leaving your hands free to refresh your guests’ drinks and replenish your appetizers.

The bottom line for New Years: As much as you love spending time with your dog, this holiday is scarier for her than it is fun. Though she might not like being home alone while you’re out, or she might not like being secured in a room or kennel while you have guests over for a late night, it’s in her best interest. Plus, you can always make it up to her with a long hike on the second!

Meet the Author: Brandy Vachal

Brandy Vachal is The Honest Kitchen's resident jack-of-all-trades. She studied journalism and is a lifelong animal lover, so it's no surprise she has three dogs and works for the best pet food company on the planet.

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