We covered the topic of fireworks before in our 4th of July blog post, but New Year's celebrations often mean fireworks as well so we thought it best to remind you of some basic precautions to keep your dog safe today. Remember, fireworks are not fun for your dog.
First and foremost, one of the best things you can do is allow your dog to remain home. New Year's fireworks generally occur at midnight, and with temperatures at that time being pretty cold, it's a better idea to let Fido stay warm and safe inside your home. If you won't be there with them, take into consideration the anxiety that they may experience being left alone while the loud, unexpected noises of fireworks occur. Keep some music playing or leave the TV on for them.
If for some reason you are not able to keep your dog inside, it is vital that you keep them securely leashed at all times, and make sure they have ample identification on them. The sudden loud bangs of fireworks are liable to scare even the most seasoned dog, so be prepared.
Exercising your pet before the fireworks is another great idea. If they are tuckered out from playing or taking a nice, long walk, they are more likely to be relaxed and maybe even sleepy before the fireworks occur.
And lastly, if your dog experiences anxiety due to fireworks, you may want to check out the ThundershirtTM which applies a gentle pressure to relieve anxiety without medication. Take a look at their website and speak to your veterinarian to see if this is a fitting option for your dog.
Wishing everyone a happy and safe New Year from the Daily Dog Blog family!