Keep Your Pets Safe on New Year’s Eve

Photo from Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

As most of us with furry family members know, any holiday with lots of noise, music, increased human commotion and possible neighborhood fireworks (legal or not) can be very stressful for our pets.  So as it does every year, the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services has provided some great tips for keeping our pets safe during tomorrow night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Keep your pet indoors

New Year’s Eve and the days following are usually some of the busiest at LA City Animal Shelters. Many pets escape their homes because they are afraid of loud sounds from fireworks.

The best way to keep your pets safe is to make sure they stay indoors and in an enclosed room if possible.

If you do allow your pet outside to go to the bathroom, be sure that your gates or fence are secure or that your pet stays on a leash. Big bangs and noise from fireworks can be very intimidating and cause a scared dog to find the smallest opening in a fence and escape.

Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets if burned or if they accidentally ingest them.

Create a calming environment

If you’re having guests over or a party, try creating a safe place in your home where your pet can have some quiet space away from your company such as a room that’s off-limits or a familiar crate with some of their favorite toys or a comforting blanket.

Play soothing music and keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows and blinds. While celebrating, it is easy to forget that loud noises and celebratory poppers or noisemakers can scare your four-legged friend.

Make sure toxic food and drinks are out of reach

Alcoholic beverages are very toxic to pets. Some people will not know this and may leave a cup in a place where your pet can access it. Many rich foods are not good for your pet as well and can even be toxic, such as chocolate.

Be sure to let all guests know that alcoholic beverages and foods should be kept out of reach at all times and to not share with your pet.

Always make sure your pet has up-to-date identification

If for any reason your pet escapes and becomes lost, a collar with a current license and/or ID tag on them and a microchip that’s registered with your contact information, will help reunite you with your companion animal.
What to do if your pet does get out

If your pet is lost, go to the nearest animal shelter where you last saw your best friend. Tell them that you lost your pet and give them specific information about what your pet looks like, if they are microchipped and if they are wearing a license or tag.

To find the LA City Shelter locations, go to laanimalservices.com/shelters.

You may also search LA Animal Services lost animal database at: laanimalservices.com/shelter-search-lost-pet.
By keeping these precautions in mind, New Year’s Eve can be a fun and safe celebration instead of frightful one for you and your four-legged family members.

From everyone at Los Angeles Animal Services – and the Larchmont Buzz – may your New Year be filled with soft purrs and puppy kisses!

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About Elizabeth Fuller

Elizabeth Fuller was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN but has lived in LA since 1991 - first in the Sycamore Square neighborhood, and since 2012 in West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill. She was long-time board member of the Sycamore Square Neighborhood Association, currently serves on the board of the West Adams Heights/Sugar Hill Neighborhood Association, spent 10 years with the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, volunteers at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, and is the co-owner/publisher of the Buzz.

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