On New Year's Eve, here's how to keep your pets safe.
As we ring in the new year, it's an exciting time for people, but our dogs may be less enthusiastic about the loud celebrations. Here's how you can protect them.
PHOENIX (AP) — It's crucial to remember to maintain track of our dogs as we prepare to ring in the new year during New Year's Eve celebrations. As the year 2021 draws to a close, many of us will be attending parties and enjoying the company of friends and family.
Some people may utilize fireworks and other party activities to commemorate the year 2022, however these activities create noisy and unpleasant settings for animals. With that in mind, the Arizona Humane Society has put together a list of five tips to keep your pets safe and relaxed this New Year's Eve.
Keep their I.D. in mind.
Perhaps the most important piece of advice is to make sure your pets are wearing collars with current I.D. tags and microchips. According to Home Again, one out of every three pets will go missing at some point in their lives. As a result, ensuring sure your animal buddy can be easily recognised will aid in their safe return if they become separated.
Keep them engaged and inside.
Fireworks and bursts of bright flashing lights near your home or yard may startle your dogs and cause them to escape. This might be dangerous if you live in a congested neighborhood. Keep pets indoors and establish a comfortable environment for them in your home with bedding, toys, water, and a radio or television. This will help to distract pets that are suffering from extreme anxiety.
You should be aware of their location.
It's not a good idea to leave your pets unsupervised in the backyard if you're going out on New Year's Eve. Even if they have never shown this behavior before, the sound of fireworks can send them over the fence or burrowing to get out.
Keep an eye on what you eat and drink.
Keep a watch on unsecured food at parties; it attracts curious pets who may wind up on counter tops or in garbage cans. Animals can be poisoned by alcohol and many things on your dinner plate, according to the Humane Society.
Assist other animals in need.
If you see an animal in trouble while out and about, please contact the AHS' Emergency Animal Medical Technicians at 602.997.7585 ext. 2073.
Hopefully, these suggestions will assist you and your pets in having a happy and safe new year. Visit azhumane.org/lost-a-pet for additional information if your pet goes missing.