New Year’s Eve is full of excitement, time with friends/family, and new journeys. While this day may be fun for us, it can be overwhelming and loaded with possible toxicities for our pets. Before your champagne corks start popping, take a few minutes to think about keeping your furry four-legged friend safe and healthy during the party.
1: Update Identification
In preparation for the New Year, be sure that your pets’ identification tags and microchip registrations are current just in case they slip away! Even if a pet is secured inside, the sound of noisemakers, gunfire, and fireworks can cause them to enter an extreme panic mode – sometimes even breaking through glass windows.
2: Create A Calming Environment
Surround your pet with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them. It’s best to keep the room as quiet as possible by closing doors, windows, and blinds.
3: Keep Away From Alcohol
Dogs and cats do not metabolize alcohol the way us people do. The ingestion of even small volumes of alcohol can cause serious damage to the liver, nervous system, and blood glucose, which may result in hospitalization and could be fatal in extreme cases.
4: Keep Away From Noisemakers
Protect your pet from the sounds of fireworks and other loud noises that can cause fear and anxiety. Use positive white noise in a quiet room (wave/rain sounds, classical music) to distract and calm your pet during the loud time of the evening. Even if your pet doesn’t seem obviously upset by noisemakers and fireworks, they can still cause harm to pets.
5: Don’t Forget To Have Fun
New Year’s is a time for celebration as we wave goodbye to 2019 and welcome 2020. While we want you to be prepared for any potential dangers, we also want to make sure you have fun with your favorite furry friends.
Some ideas include dressing up, baking together, or having a movie marathon.
Stay safe this holiday season but have a fun time, as well. If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone on our team, you can right here.