For those with pets, the holidays and especially New Year can be a trying time as the racket caused by fireworks is often impossible to avoid, even in the smallest towns.
So, with this in mind, here are a few tips to help make New Year’s in Yucatán as easy as possible for you and your furry friends.
Create a safe haven
Find a quiet, enclosed space within your home where your pet can feel secure during the fireworks. This could be a crate, a bathroom, or under a bed. Make sure the space is comfortable and familiar, and equip it with their favorite toys, bedding, and treats.
Walk and exercise
Take your dog for a long walk or play session beforehand to help tire them out, reduce their anxiety, and make it easier for them to sleep once the fireworks start.
Make sure all exits are closed
When stressed, some animals will try to get out of the house to escape the noise, not fully understanding that it is coming from the outside. For this reason, it is essential to ensure all exits are closed to prevent escape artists from bolting. It is also a good idea to ensure your pet’s information is up-to-date if they have a collar or identification tags in case they do manage to get out.
Turn on calming music or TV noise to mask the sounds, and stay with your pet to provide comfort and reassurance. Avoid scolding or forcing interaction if they appear scared. Toys and treats are also a great way to keep your pets engaged and avoid focusing on stressful noises and lights.
Provide company and stay cool
Your own calmness will help your pet feel more secure. Avoid showing your anxiety or excitement about the fireworks.
Get an expert opinion
Consider calming aids like pheromone sprays or anxiety vests for pets with severe anxiety. Just make sure to consult with your veterinarian beforehand.
Not everyone is the same
Just like people, not all pets are alike, and the degree of stress they are likely to experience during even the noisiest nights is likely to vary widely — though dogs, especially pugs, chihuahuas, and breeds with especially good hearing, tend to the most affected.