New Year’s Safety Tips for Pets
As we prepare to bring in the New Year with friends, family and fireworks it’s important to remember that some members of our family are not so excited about the festivities. New Year’s Eve can be a huge source of stress for our beloved pets and it’s our job to keep them safe and comfortable. Here are some easy tips on keeping your pet’s at ease this holiday.
- Keep Pets Indoors: Loud noises can cause pets to spook and run off. It is best to keep pets indoors in a secure room or crate. Soothing music or noise from a television may help deflect the sound of celebrations outdoors. When potty breaks are required, pets should be always supervised and on-leash unless they are in a private, secure, fenced in yard.
- Wear ID Tags: Even If you plan on keeping pets indoors it is a good idea to make sure they are wearing a proper fitting collar with identification tags. Make sure tags reflect your current address, name and telephone number. Micro-chipping pets is also a great way to return lost pets to their owners. Speak with your veterinarian on the benefits of a microchip.
- Don’t Encourage Stress-Related Behavior: When pets are exhibiting stress-related behavior it is important to stay very calm, relaxed and rather matter-of-fact. Coddling lets pets know that their behavior is appropriate and there may be a true immediate danger. It is true that pets feed off of their owner’s cues and body language. By remaining calm and confident you can reduce your fur-baby’s stress and anxiety.
- Keep Alcoholic Beverages Contained: Alcohol is extremely dangerous and can be deadly if ingested by dogs or cats. Keep your beverages in sight and out of your pet’s reach.
- Clean Up After The Party: Debris from fireworks such as small strings, streamers, and other fall-out can be very dangerous if left out for Fido to find. It is important to take the time to clean up the mess from fireworks, bonfires and food/drink so curious pets do not ingest potentially life threatening items.
If you have questions or concerns about your pet’s health and safety, please speak with your veterinarian to determine the best plan of action for your fur family member.
We hope everyone has a safe holiday a wonderful New Year!