New Year’s Eve hazards and help

This information is intended as a general guide only.

New Year’s Eve is just around the corner! With it comes, celebrations and an array of memories to be made. For your pet, however, New Year’s Eve brings much scarier hazards such as fireworks, unfamiliar sounds, and large amounts of people. Help us help the furry friends we love by following these simple steps below to put your pet at ease over this stressful period.

Identification

During this scary time, your animal may exhibit a range of stress signals. These include but are not limited to pacing, panting, trembling, hiding, staying close to their owner, excessive salivation, destructiveness, excessive vocalisation, self-inflicted trauma, and inappropriate urination and defecation – If these signs go unnoticed and the animal is not cared for appropriately, the animal may attempt to escape the noise, even if it means jumping a fence or running through a glass door! To ensure your animal finds their way home you need to make sure they are microchipped (Keep these details up to date­!). You can call your local council or visit the Pet Registry website to see if your pet’s details are up to date or to make the necessary changes. A collar and ID tag is also a good idea.

My safe place

Reducing your animal’s stress levels by helping them feel safe. This can be accomplished by giving your animal a safe environment:

  • Provide your animal with a quiet safe zone, like a kennel or room inside the house
  • Stay close to them to make sure they’re coping.
  • Give your animal an array of distractions (toys, kongs, and other interactive games)
  • Provide your animal with a soft comfortable bed
  • Offer your dog some tasty treats to help them feel better; it is okay if they do not choose to eat.

Do not tie up your animal as this can be dangerous and can cause injury to your animal and always check your yard to ensure there are no hazards that may injure your animals – these include large sticks, uneven rocks, or hole that could harm your pet if they begin to panic.

Items and decorations

On a night like New Year’s Eve, there are many popular items and decorations that we use to ensure we have the best night possible. Unfortunately, our furry friends tend to think differently.

While we stop and think of how amazing party poppers look in the night sky, our animals are trying to decide what loud shocking noise has just made their ears feel perforated.

While we stop and think of how happy the sounds of clinking champagne glasses on repeat sounds, our animals are wondering what this high pitched frequency is happening all too often.

While we stop to gaze upon the beautiful fireworks to ring in 2019, our animal’s ears are ringing of pure terror of noise so frightening they wish they could just run away and disappear.

Help your animals by ensuring they don’t have to experience party poppers, clinking champagne glasses, fireworks and other scary sounds and situations by instead being in a quiet room surrounded by all the things they love, with a choice of favourite toys and tasty treats, to hear calming music instead of fireworks and try not to overwhelm your animal with too many new items, experiences and people.

What to do if you find a stray or have lost a pet

If you find a stray dog or cat it will need to be taken to your local council pound. All dogs and cats will be scanned for microchips on arrival at the pound and if the pet owners’ details are current, they will be quickly reunited with their lost pet.

If your pet goes missing please do the below;

  • Look all around your property – including new places where your pet may hide for example, behind furniture, garden bushes, lofts, garages or fireplaces.
  • Search your local streets and speak to neighbours in case they have seen or heard anything.
  • Call your local vets, pound, council and Animal Welfare League Shelter
  • Do a letterbox drop to inform people of your missing animal.

Ensure your pet is microchipped and that all details are up to date with your local council. You can call your local council or visit the Pet Registry website to see if your pet’s details are up to date or to make the necessary changed.

Fit your animal with a collar and ID tag that includes your current details.

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