It’s New Year’s Eve, and as you prepare to celebrate another year shot to hell (only kidding – celebrate the incoming year filled with hope and promise!), PetravelR™ wants to remind you of these important tips to keep your pet safe -
Be Prepared – Plan ahead to keep your pet safe, secure, and comfortable:
- Keep your pets on their normal diet because any change can cause severe indigestion and diarrhea,
- Lavish some extra attention on your pets before the festivities begin,
- Give them plenty of exercise during the day, so that they will be less agitated and sleep more restfully,
- Create a comfortable, quiet refuge for your pet with his/her favorite toys, and with doors, windows and blinds closed,
- Ask your veterinarian for tranquilizers if your pet has a history of extreme uneasiness around loud noises or crowds,
- If you will be out New Years Eve, consider having a neighbor keep a close watch on your pet during the New Year activities.
Fireworks – Exposure to fireworks can can severe burns and trauma to pets (as well as people), and exploding fireworks frighten many animals:
- Keep your pets aware from all fireworks, even unexploded ones, because they often contain toxic substances,
- If you are going out to watch fireworks, be sure to leave your pets at home,
- Keep your pets indoors for the evening, in a comfortable and secure area,
- White noise or soothing music can mask the sound of fireworks,
- Turn on the TV or radio to distract your pets from outside noise,
- If your pet is particularly sensitive to loud noise, consider a Thundershirt or Calming Collar.
Parties – Crowds, party food, alcoholic drinks, and open doors can pose a risk to pets:
- Consider keeping pets in a room with plenty of water and pet food that’s off-limits to guests,
- Never leave alcoholic drinks unattended where pets can reach them because they can be poisonous to pets,
- Foods such as onions, chocolate, coffee, avocado, grapes & raisins, salt and yeast dough can all be potentially toxic to companion animals,
- Make sure every guest agrees NO HUMAN FOOD FOR PETS; the #1 reason for trips to the emergency vet on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day is because a pet is sick from too much or the wrong people food,
- Keep pets away from snack tables and garbage cans,
- Be careful with party favors because a pet can easily choke on Hawaiian plastic leis, the blower attachment of party horns or parts of party hats,
- Don’t put glow jewelry on your pets, or allow them to play with it because, if ingested — though not highly toxic — they can still cause excessive drooling, gastrointestinal irritation, or intestinal blockage,
- The phone number for the Animal Poison Control Center is (888) 426-4435.
- Make sure all fences and gates are secure, so if pets escape through an open door or screen, they are confined to the yard,
- Be sure that your dogs and cats are wearing collars and ID tags with up-to-date contact information,
- Microchipping is the best way to insure that your pet can be identified if he/she slips a collar or loses ID tags,
- Keep outside visits to a minimum, but if your pet needs to go out for a “relief” call, make sure to use a leash with a snug fitting collar or harness.
- Whether you are going out, throwing a party, or staying at home to enjoy the evening with your pets, PetravelR™ wishes you a safe and fun-filled New Year’s celebration!
This article was originally published by PetravelR™ on December 30, 2014.