Happy New Year’s Eve!
Only a few hours left until we ring in 2013! For many people, New Year’s Eve means partying with friend & family, loud noise makers, lots of food, party decorations, and abundant alcohol. The celebrations are enjoyed by humans, but can be very stressful or even dangerous for our pets. If you’re lucky enough to live by that neighbor…the one who lights off fireworks or shoots guns into the air, then your pet may have added anxiety. Go ahead and enjoy your New Year’s celebrations, but please take tips to increase your pet’s safety and comfort level tonight.
Use a Thundershirt
Suki freaks out with loud noises, especially fireworks. Unfortunately, my neighbor insists on letting off the loudest fireworks possible. She’s a furry ball of nerves! The compression feel of the Thundershirt amazingly calms her down. I bought one this year, and she slept through Fourth of July while wearing it…instead of running around attacking the windows and doors like previous years. I highly recommend it!
Give Your Pet a Safe Secure Place
With the commotion of the festivities, it’s best to provide your pet a safe, secure, and familiar area within the house. This area not only lessens your pet’s anxiety level, but it also protects him/her from dangerous decorations and drunk guests. Balloons and streamer can cause a deadly intestinal blockage or choking if swallowed. Keeping your pets away from the party also prevents guests from providing prohibited food or drink to them. Even if a guest doesn’t directly hand your dog food, a plate or glass left unsupervised on a table can be easy pickings for a curious pooch.
Make Sure Guests Know the Rules
If you’re having a party at your house, you’ll likely have people over who aren’t aware of your pet’s rules. Add alcohol into the mix, and your guests may not think twice about involving your pet in the festivities. If your pet will be out and about at the party, make sure guests know not to feed your pet anything without your permission. Not everyone knows which foods are toxic to dogs. Alcohol can also be deadly to dogs, so ensure your guests know not to share with Fido. Also, make it clear whether Fido can be let outside. A well-meaning guest may let Fido outside for a potty break, only to have him take off. Even a dog with good off-leash skills can become frightened by loud party noises and bolt.
For additional tips for a safe and happy New Year’s Eve with your pets, click here.
HAPPY NEW YEAR’S EVE!