This is a great time to make sure pets have everything they need to be safe on New Year’s Eve and into the coming year. Here are some tips as we ring in 2019.
New Years Eye
Keep your pets inside during new years celebrations and of course do not take your pet to fireworks displays. Most animals are scared to death of these loud noises. Jan. 1 and July 4/5th are the two highest days of the year that pets are reported missing. The loud noises and flashing lights from fireworks are scary and can cause pets to go into flight mode. Bring pets indoors to minimize stress and panic. Signs of stress include trembling, shaking, pacing, panting, destructive behavior, whining, barking, vomiting, panting and trying to escape. Check out MyLap Pet Bed's 4th of July blog post for tips on dealing with your dog and cat anxiety during fireworks and consider our MyLap Pet Bed to help with the anxiety.
The New Year is a great time to make sure pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and review their overall health and needs.
Update information: Make sure current identification information is on tags and registered with microchips. Unfortunately, people often realize this information is outdated due to a change of phone numbers or address only after a pet goes missing.
Microchip now: If a pet is not already chipped, make it a priority. Tags can fall off or be removed, but the chip will always be there, and it gives a lost pet the best chance of getting back home. Remember: The chip must then be registered in order for it to be fully effective.
Proper nutrition: Pets can pack on pounds, too. Evaluate their food and treats. Make sure they are getting a balanced diet in the proper portions to stay healthy, after all we want them to be around as long as possible.
Exercise: It will keep pets healthy longer, and incorporating pets into our own exercise routine is a good way to stick to those goals long-term. A great way to enjoy quality time with pets and get our exercise at the same time.
Help homeless pets
Want to get more involved this year with helping the homeless pets in our community? Here are some ways to work animal advocacy into your New Year resolutions:
Foster: Love pets, but not sure about the commitment of owning one? Try fostering. Animal shelters and rescues need loving homes to provide safe and temporary living arrangements for pets. It’s a great opportunity for a shelter animal to get used to a home environment, and it’s the perfect way to test the waters of pet ownership.
Volunteer: Shelters rely heavily on volunteers to care for animals on a regular basis. It is a rewarding experience and truly makes a difference in the life of homeless pets. Most shelters have volunteer opportunities for individuals, high school students and those needing community services hours, church groups, college groups and more. If you don't have time to volunteer, consider donating supplies.
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