Tips to keep your pets safe during fireworks

SAN ANTONIO — Fireworks on New Year’s Eve can be a nightmare for pets. All the noise and commotion we may enjoy can be terrifying for our 4-legged friends.

The safest thing to do is keep your animals inside so they don’t run away when the loud noises start.

If they must be outside, be sure to collar and tag them, fence them, or use a leash if you are outside with them.

More tips for animals who hate fireworks

  • Check your pet’s chip and ID tag for updated information if they get away from you. Make sure you update your current phone number.
  • Create a safe place for them to hide in and give them toys or treats to keep them occupied.
  • Turn on some ambient noise like a TV or radio to help drown out the fireworks.
  • Anxiety vests or thunder shirts are good options for many dogs and cats. If you don’t have one, try wrapping your pet in a towel and keeping it close.
  • When in doubt, consult an expert. Your veterinarian and local pet supply stores have a variety of treats to help calm your pet’s nerves and put your mind at ease.

City of San Antonio Animal Care Services Closes at 2pm on New Year’s Eve and will remain closed for New Year’s Day but Animal Care Officers are still on duty. The shelter will reopen at 11 a.m. on Jan. 2 for anyone interested in adopting a pet or who lost a pet during the holiday.

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