Top Tips for Dogs on New Year’s Eve

While most of us enjoy colourful big firework displays, loud noises can be very frightening for pets. Dogs may be so frightened, they might injure themselves while trying to make a break for it.

Here are some tips to look after your furry friends this New Year’s Eve:

  • Make sure your dog is microchipped and wearing an ID tag so that they can be easily returned if they do make a break for it. Make sure your details on the microchip registry are also up to date!
  • Considering taking them for an extra-long walk during the day (if it’s not too hot), followed by a good dinner. Dogs are less likely to be anxious if they are tired and well-fed.
  • Stay at home with your pet on the night if you can, but if you do have plans, consider making alternative arrangements for your pup so they are with someone you trust.
  • Close the windows and blinds to create a quiet, safe and comfortable space.
  • Please do not tie your dog up ahead of, or during the fireworks. If they start panicking, they may choke or injure themselves.
  • Keep your pet by your side during the key firework times but try not to fuss over them. If they sense you’re anxious, they may become more anxious too. Instead, reward them for calm behaviour by giving them treats or beloved toys. Putting music or the TV on can also help to mask the noise outside.
  • Talk to your vet if you may need to consider other options to keep your furry friend calm.

Tips for other pets:

Try to keep your cats, rabbits, and other small animals safely indoors during fireworks displays. Horses can find fireworks particularly frightening and should be securely stabled or even moved to a different location far from the fireworks if possible. Remove any sharp objects that could cause injury to a panicking animal and cover stable windows to hide the sight of the fireworks and muffle the sound.

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve.