With fireworks coloring the skies and TV screens, the beginning of a new year blasts forward in just hours. Sadly, it may be the end of a beloved relationship.
Each year as humans celebrate the coming of a new 365 days with celebrations of fireworks, it is a mind-blowing event for their critters. Evidently, they haven’t gotten the memo that it’s all for fun and not the end of the world.
For this reason, here are some ideas to relieve your animal members of the family to not scoot in terror and remain at home:
- Check with your vet on the best way for your animal to handle the hoopla.
- Consider boarding your pet for the night. Make sure that the kennel will be prepared for the sounds and sights of the night.
- Keep your critters indoors and play some calming music. The sound of firecrackers is nerve wracking to their highly developed sense of hearing.
- Double crate your pooches. Some of your BFF are renowned for being escape artists.
- Make sure that your pet (dog, cat, horse, etc.) is micro-chipped. It’s truly a life saver for both you and your critter.
- Under no circumstances, play Dr. Marcus Welby and medicate your pet with your own “chill pill” unless they can drive a car and/or submit an income tax form. Seriously!*
- If your pet does party out like an errant teenager, check with your social media and Dallas Animal Services for clues of their whereabouts. (Hint: that microchip will help immensely.)
Above all, remember that these are animals. They celebrate each day having you in their lives. Don’t let them down.
* This suggestion does not apply to horses. :)