Planning for New Year's Fireworks: Strategies to Calm Your Pet's Anxiety


PetMD Editorial

. Reviewed by Katy Nelson, DVM
Updated Dec. 19, 2021

New Year’s Eve is a great night for pet parents to celebrate and ring in the new year. However, millions of pets across the country can find our brand of merrymaking pretty scary, and will spend the night cowering under a bed or barking at the door.

The good news is there are steps you can take to reduce your pet’s stress when the fireworks and revelry begin, ranging from providing an alternative source of sound to administering pet-safe calming products.

It’s also important to note that New Year’s is a high-risk time for your anxious pet to run away. It’s always a good idea to make sure your tags and microchip info are up to date and, when the big night comes, make sure there aren’t opportunities for a terrified pet to escape.

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