27 Dec Keeping your Pet Calm on New Year’s Eve
Does your pet display anxiety when the house is full of guests? Do fireworks and loud noises startle them? New Year’s Eve is a time of celebration and often comes with boisterous celebrations and unfamiliar people being in their home. Use these tips for keeping your pet calm on New Year’s Eve.
Staggered Guest Arrival
If your pets get nervous around crowds of people, it is a good idea to break your guest list up into groups. Stagger arrival times to help your pet adjust to the growing number of people entering the home. This may also help guests that are nervous around animals.
Hire a Pet Sitter
Even if you plan to be home and are hosting a gathering for New Year’s Eve, a pet sitter can help your pet remain calm during the event. The pet sitter will be responsible for ensuring that your pet does not accidentally get out and does not become overly agitated by increased noise. Pets can easily sneak out a door if it’s left open by a guest.
If your pet becomes scared due to fireworks near your home, it may seek any way possible to hide. It may cause additional anxiety, which can also alter your pet’s behavior. The pet sitter should be introduced to your pet prior to the event so that they are a bit familiar with each other.
If your pet has an anxiety disorder such as separation anxiety or general anxiety, medication may be needed. Prescription medications may be ordered by your vet.
Commonly prescribed pet anxiety prescriptions:
- Dexmedetomidine, also known as Sileo
- Diazepam (Valium)
If your pet is experiencing side effects associated with a prescribed medication, consider discussing pet CBD products with your vet to help with anxiety and stress. Some pet parents may choose to use a natural product in lieu of prescription medications.
We’ve composed a simple dosage guide to help you understand how much to give your pet. We’ve also included information to help you know how to dose and when to dose. Dosages for pets are very small in comparison to humans.
Soothing your Pet
Some pets may feel safer and secure if they are wearing a layer of protection, such as a sweater. If calming clothing helps your pet, it may be a good idea to make sure they are dressed in advance. This helps them start their individual calming process ahead of time.
For some pets, music helps. Music can help drown out some of the background noise your pets might hear. It may also help block out the sound of fireworks that may be going off in your neighborhood.
It’s important for your pets to remain safe and calm at all times, but especially on holidays when there are strange sounds and unfamiliar people present. Following these tips can help accomplish both. Keeping your pets safe during celebrations is often a priority and the tips above an help ensure their comfort and safety.