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With New Year’s Eve upon us, it’s time to start planning how you will keep your pet safe and comfortable during fireworks.
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Prepare your pet in advance for the day’s activities.
- Take dogs on a long walk earlier in the day to help relieve excess energy. Dedicate time to play with your cat.
- If it’s an option, arrange to have your pets stay in the home of friends or family whose neighborhoods don’t have a lot of fireworks activity.
- Be sure pets are wearing visible ID tags in case they do manage to escape.
- Make sure all doors and windows are securely closed. Even if you don’t think your pet would run away, panicked pets can be very crafty escape artists.
Create a relaxing environment.
- Put on background noise to help cover the sounds of firework bangs and booms. Turn on a fan, TV, or music.
- Close the blinds or curtains so your pet isn’t startled by the flashes.
- Give them a cozy place to retreat. Now is the perfect time to put your childhood fort building skills to use!
- Provide a special treat or a new toy, such as a fresh catnip toy for cats, or a stuffed KONG for dogs to keep them distracted and busy.