Well paw-friends, another year ends and a new one is soon to begin!
I hope that for all of you, 2014 was as exciting as mine because starting work at My Vet Animal Hospital made this year very special for me. It was filled with new experiences and I got to meet so many new fur-babies that are now part of the My Vet family!
As this year draws to a close, we hope that you keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Remember that although we enjoy watching New Year fireworks, for our pets it can be scary!
Here are a few tips of things you can do to help minimize their stress:
Keep them secure & indoors!
Most pets freak out & will look for somewhere to hide so make sure they have a place that they have access to, like under furniture or in a cupboard. Don’t coax them out as this can stress them out more. Make sure all windows are closed and ideally it is better if they can’t see the fireworks either so you may have to draw your curtains or blinds too. Playing loud music to muffle the sounds can also help! Most importantly, make sure they are in a safe and secure place that they can’t escape or run away from because the last thing you want is to have your new year ruined because your furbaby got lost.
If they freak out…
Try to calm them down but don’t fuss over them too much, sometimes it is better to leave them alone until it is over unless they are likely to cause harm to themselves. If you know that your furbaby is particularly prone to stress & does not cope well with loud noises then you should consult with a trainer to get tips on how to overcome this issue.
Other options can be using pheromone diffusers that disperse chemicals to help calm them. Ear muffs can help to muffle the sound but they are likely to fall off unless they stay still, but don’t use ear plugs that can get stuck in their ears! For extreme cases only, vets can prescribe sedative drugs, however there is always a risk associated with these so be careful because you don’t want to have to rush to an emergency clinic on New Year’s eve because your furbaby has had a bad reaction!
I hope some of these tips will be helpful, Happy New Year!
Love from Snoopy & the rest of the My Vet team