There’s always a lot of activity, noise and fun when it comes to the end of the year celebrations, but this isn’t always a good time for our furry pet pals. Here are some tips to keep your pet safe during the festive season:
- ID is Key: Your first and top priority should be identification for your pet if he/she escapes from your property and becomes disoriented and lost. It is a legal requirement to have your dog microchipped over the age of 8 weeks, and although it is not so for cats, there is no better way to ensure that you and your pet will be re-united should they become lost. Make sure puss is properly protected by microchipping her too. Having a collar or ID tag with contact details is also a really necessary for the safety of your pets.
- Create a Safe Zone: Before a firework display in your area, get your pet used to a ‘safe place’ where they may feel more at ease. They may retreat under the bed or inside a wardrobe. Allow your pet to access their safe place to let them know that they will be undisturbed in this space. You could include their favourite blanket, toy or some treats to help them get familiar with the zone.
- Reassure Your Pet: Never scold your pet for their behaviour during times of stress. Gently reassure them that you are there for them, but don’t be too forceful if they don’t respond to your initial reassurances.
- Engage a Pet Sitter: If you have to be away from your pet pal over the holidays, then engage a Mindahome pet sitter. Your pet can stay in their own home environment with familiar smells, sounds and their own toys, so they will be more at ease while you’re not around.
- Consult Your Vet: If you’re particularly concerned about how your pet may react during times when there are fireworks, lots of people or loads of music or noise, consult your vet for strategies for possible natural remedies or medication that may help ease their stress during this time.
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