Here are a few things to keep in mind, and tips to help keep pets safe, sound and happy:
- Be sure that your pet is microchipped.
- Ensure that your pet is wearing a collar with clearly marked identification that includes the pet’s name, your name, address and telephone number.
- If you’re hosting a gathering and your pets have a tendency to be skittish around unfamiliar people, consider keeping them in an area of the home that will be undisturbed by anyone with the door shut. In the case of a dog, a crate might be an added source of security. Play soothing music, talk radio or white noise to try and block out any unwanted noise that will cause anxiety. A free download for calming music is available here.
- Provide your four-legged friends with a quiet, out-of-the-way room during gatherings. Even if your pets enjoy socializing with people, having a space where they can chill out without being bothered is a must. I particularly like the idea of providing a crate for dogs in that quiet space, with a comfy dog bed in it to provide an extra sense of security.
- Keep an eye on alcoholic refreshments. Bear in mind that dogs will readily lap up an errant beer or other alcoholic drink if given the chance. Alcohol can prove deadly to pets, so make a point to keep an eye out for unattended drinks, and remind guests to keep their beverages close at hand.
- Stop by your local All The Best Pet Care for some anti-anxiety all natural calming supplements.
- Have a few pictures of each of your pets in different poses and settings could ensure that you’ll be reunited with a lost pet. You probably have a lot of photos of your pets either around your home or floating around in your digital camera. The Missing Pet Partnership offers tips on photographing your pet for the purpose of recovering them if they are lost.
Do you have a tip that you employ to keep your pet safe and happy during New Year’s celebrations?