Experts on animal welfare offer advice on how to keep pets safe during the New Year's celebrations.
BEAUMONT, TX (KTRK) — While many Americans like ringing in the new year with fireworks, the activity can be unpleasant and even deadly for animals.
Pets have been known to be stressed and even killed by loud fireworks. According to animal specialists, the loud noise can frighten pets, and many dogs and cats will flee if they are scared.
The number of calls to the Humane Society of Southeast Texas about stray animals spikes around New Year's Eve.
"There has been an increase in inquiries requesting for help with an animal, which we are regrettably not allowed to do," Taylor Westphal, manager of the Humane Society of Southeast Texas, said. "Because we don't have jurisdiction, you'll have to contact your local animal control."
When putting off fireworks in Southeast Texas, residents are advised to keep their pets inside.
"A concern would be that some animals are left outside during these times and not brought inside," Westphal added. "And with that, the loud noises could make them a little more anxious, and cause them to move a little bit, which could lead to them getting out and becoming a stray."
While the pets are inside, Westphal suggested a few strategies for keeping them quiet and safe amid the chaos.
"One of the most important things is that you may use a pheromone spray or collar, such as Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats, to assist relax and comfort them," Westphal added. "Another important consideration is to ensure that all of your animals are safely indoors." You can listen to soothing music, wear thunder shirts, and so forth."
If a pet owner has one, sticking to a consistent routine is the best thing they can do for their beloved friend.