New Years Eve Pet Safety Tips !

Whilst New Year’s Eve celebrations are always fun for us humans, our furry companions can easily become scared during the festivities. Many pets become scared at the sound of fireworks or noisy music, and you can risk your pet trying to run away – in fact many rescue centres see a greater number of lost dogs following the festive period.
Here’s some tips on how to keep New Year’s Eve safe and fun for you and your pets:
1) Exercise pets during the day – for dogs, take them on a long walk or run. For cats, play with them for up to a half-hour or more. If they are tired, pets are more likely to nap or rest through the festivities.
2) Keep dogs and cats indoors – if you must let the dog out for a bathroom break, monitor them closely by keeping them on a lead. Make sure their harness or collar is fitted and there is no chance of escape if they become frightened by the sounds of fireworks. It is best to not let your cats out at all.
3) Keep dogs and cats in a familiar, cosy area (bedroom, for example) with food, water, toys, and bedding. Try playing soothing music in the room to drown out the sound of fireworks. If you have both dogs and cats, you may want to separate them in different rooms. We find that positive white noise like wave/rain sounds, or the sound of a fan, helps distract from noises going on around them.
4) Make sure if your pets interact with party guests that everyone knows not to feed your pets food or alcohol. This may seem self-explanatory, but some people may not be aware of the dangers of such behaviour.
5) For anxious pets, try using holistic calming therapies such as adding lemon balm, chamomile, lavender and valerian which are natural herbs that can be safely added to your pet’s meals to relax the nerves and allow your pet to feel more tranquil. If in doubt, always speak to your vet for advice beforehand.
Fur2Feather also have a selection of Beaphar’s calming range which includes spot-on for dogs and cats and also a calming house spray (125ml), all formulated with the natural soothing Valerian herb which helps promote relaxation and feelings of calm for pets within strange or stressful environments. Click here to find out more.

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