Fireworks and Pet Safety: How to Ring in the New Year with Your Pets

People all over the world are gearing up for December 31st, ready for a new year and a new season. One way you don’t want to start 2024 is with a lost pet. In fact, the Fourth of July is the only holiday with more pets reported lost than NYE, due in part to fireworks. gave One in five pets reported to the ASPCA goes missing after being frightened by loud noises..

According to the non-profit AKC Reunite, reports of lost pets are 69% higher on New Year’s Day because of fireworks the night before. And a 2022 study by the RSPCA found that 76 percent of respondents said their dog had been hurt by fireworks.

The best way to make sure your furry friends are safe and don’t run away during the night’s festivities is to prepare ahead of time.

Whether you plan to go out, or stay at home, here are some things you can do to make your pet more comfortable while you pop the champagne:

  1. Create a quiet, safe space for your pet. Maybe it’s indoors, or even a kennel or crate. Either way, make sure the space is comfortable, and has things your pet is familiar with. A bed, blanket, or one of your t-shirts can help.
  2. Close all windows, doors and pet doors. Have a dedicated entrance for all people coming in and out of your home and minimize exit openings that could allow your pet to escape.
  3. Have several toys or bones to keep your pet occupied. This will help distract them from loud noises, bright lights and flashes.
  4. Exercise your animal during the day. Maybe take your pets for a walk so they’re ready to hit the grass by the time the party rolls around.
  5. Turn on soothing music or white noise in the room where you keep your pet. This sound can block out the scary and sudden sounds caused by fireworks. Spotify also has a great pet playlist that you can set to shuffle.
  6. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with a tag and your contact information is updated. When pets go missing, it’s important to have a proper way to reach out to people. If there is no way to contact you, your lost pet may never be returned even if it is picked up from a shelter.
  7. Get your pet microchipped. Even if their collar falls off, this is a surefire way to ensure your pet can be scanned by a vet to find your information stored in the database.
  8. Keep an up-to-date and recent photo of your pet that you can show to people in an emergency. You want to have a photo that accurately shows their face and any specific color patterns that can help distinguish them from other pets.

If your pet still manages to get out, try calling local shelters to see if anyone has taken them in. Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

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