Fear Free Cheers for New Year’s

Photo courtesy of Megan VanParis

Just like the 4th of July, New Year’s celebrations can cause stress for pets. Whether it be loud sounds, celebratory noisemakers or fireworks, or strangers at your home for a party, all these things can cause undue anxiety for your furry family members. Here are some tips on how to make New Year’s Eve Fear Free!

Soothing Sanctuary
If there is a room in your house that your pet feels comfortable, set it up as a sanctuary for them to be in during any New Year’s festivities. Soothing music such as classical, reggae or soft rock are found to be the most calming. Adding either Adaptil or Feliway plug-ins or sprays provide calming pheromones for your pets, too.
Make sure to keep the door open so your pet has a way out, because during any loud noises if they feel trapped it can escalate their panic or anxiety. Also, let your pet be during the celebrations – pets who feel cornered or are fearful may lash out if they feel threatened.

Snug Like a Bug
Sometimes adding some slight pressure can add relief for dogs and sometimes cats. Compression garments, such as ThunderShirts, mimic the soothing effect much like it does for infants. When trying the compression garments for cats, try a looser fit to start. Also, make sure your cat is actually relaxed and not just frozen because they are scared.

Veterinary Assistance
Your veterinarian at Blum can always provide recommendations on how to make New Year’s celebrations Fear Free for your furry family member. This may include medications or supplements to help keep them calm.
For any further questions on how to make New Year’s Eve celebrations Fear Free, please contact us at: (773) 327-4446.

Written for Blum Animal Hospital by Jackie Sheppard.