Cats and dogs hate New Year’s Eve fireworks
Your pet’s ears are sensitive to sound

Dec 15, 2020 | 2 minute read

Ali Alcantara, Client Service Coordinator at Firehouse Belterra, will use anti-anxiety medication and Adaptil to help Lito stay calm on New Year’s Eve.

Loud bangs and pops scare pets and can make a well-behaved pet misbehave or run away.

Celebrations can be stress-free if you plan. Consider your pet as you make your plans for December 31st.

Ali Alcantra’s #1 tip is to “give your pet their anti-anxiety medications at least one hour before the stressful event occurs.” She’ll also rely on Adaptil spray on Lito’s dog bed and will use an Adaptil plug-in near the couch where they’ll be relaxing on NYE.

If you just adopted your pet, call us ASAP. We can discuss prescription medication options and over-the-counter solutions like Benadryl. Feel free to call us on December 31st if your pet is acting abnormal.

7 more tips to keep pets safe while humans celebrate

-Calming pheromones like Adaptil for dogs and Feliway for cats can be helpful. We sell those on our online pharmacy.

-There are stories of dogs who jump through windows and glass doors in response to fireworks. Keep your dog inside and in a protective kennel on NYE. Do not leave your dog outside.

Consider boarding your pet if you will be out of the house. Alone in a house, a loud noise can turn a well-behaved dog into a destructive one. Firehouse has a new daycare and overnight boarding option. Firehouse Pet Resort opened in September!

-During fireworks or loud gatherings, keep pets in an internal room, away from windows. Drown out sound with a white noise machine or the television. Keep the room dark for cats. Turn on Dog Radio for your pups.

-Keeps pets at a safe distance if you’re setting off fireworks or sparklers at home. Dogs’ and cats’ hearing is sensitive. Loud bands may damage their ears. Also, we don’t want dogs to fetch lit fireworks, which can cause serious burns or death.

-Buy a ThunderShirt (now made for cats, too). They’re designed to swaddle your pet and make them feel secure.

-Ensure your pet’s microchip or collar tags are up to date so they’re easy to track down in the event they run away. Loud noises can trigger the nervous system. This causes a flight response, which is why pets run away on New Year’s Eve (and July 4th).

Fireworks don’t have to be a source of anxiety for pet owners. Follow our tips to ensure your holidays are fun and relaxing! Please call us if you have questions.