Our top 10 tips to keeping your pets safe and happy this Sydney NYE
We may find Sydney New Year’s Eve exciting, but it can be a very stressful night for our pets. Cats and dogs have ultra-sensitive hearing, so all those flashes, bangs, screams and shouts can look and sound terrifying to them, which is why it’s so important to take steps to keep them safe and secure.
Here are our top tips to help your pets have a stress-free night.
Pets should never be taken to a public fireworks display, be tied up or left alone in the garden or car while fireworks are underway.
Make sure all pets are locked inside and ensure all doors, windows and other potential exits, such as cat flaps, are closed. Keep blinds or curtains drawn.
Make sure your pets are micro-chipped and have a collar and tag with your contact details, so if they do escape you can be easily reunited.
Give your dog plenty of exercise and a good meal before the fireworks start.
Create a comfortable space for your pet in a secure, familiar room with their favourite toys, snacks and water.
Place a blanket over the cage of pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs.
Leave a light on in the room so flashes don’t seem so surprising. You may want to leave a radio or TV on to drown out the noise of fireworks (a non-fireworks channel, of course).
If you’re at home with your pet try and distract them with games, food and music and encourage calm behaviour with praise and attention. Soothing or comforting a scared dog will only increase the problem.
If you have a particularly nervous or elderly pet you may want to speak to your vet about the best way to keep them calm.
Ear muffs and hearing protection devices for dogs are available from pet stores or online.