Happy New Year!!! But wait, before you shout those words, consider your pets. Some animals are very sensitive to noises and bright lights. New Year's Eve can also be a dangerous time to have them out and about. So, how do you keep pet safety in mind on New Year's Eve?
Prevent fears ahead of time. Long before New Year's Eve hits, you can begin to get your pet used to noise and lights. Fireworks can create both, as can the noisemakers people use to ring in the New Year. Taking pictures of your pet frequently is one way to get them accustomed to bright lights. If you have kids or a noisy household, they may naturally become accustomed to loud noises.
Keep windows closed and shades drawn. If your pet is not accustomed to bright lights, you can accommodate him by drowning out the noise and lights.
Play soft music and leave on the lights. If the noises and lights outside are still overwhelming, even with the shades drawn, put on some soothing music and keep the lights on. This can help drown it all out.
Be there for your pets. If there is a possibility that noises and lights will scare your pets, the best thing you can do for them is stay home. Invite your friends to your place on New Year's Eve so you can be there to comfort your pets with your soothing voice and gentle touch.
Keep your pet indoors. In addition to all the noise and commotion, there are likely drunk drivers as well. The last thing you need is for your dog to get scared by the noises and lights and be blindsided by a drunk driver. Keep your fur babies at home on New Year's Eve.
Always remember that the best pet parents put their animals first. A minor inconvenience or adjustment on your part can make a world of difference for your pet.
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