December 24, 2016

Tips on how to keep your pets safe this New Year’s Eve

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  • New Year’s Eve is probably the most cheerful celebration in a year for some people. There’s the party, tables laden with food, fireworks, great music, plus, the shouting, laughing and endless chattering coming altogether. For some people, the louder the noise, the better, but for our pets, this may feel that their world is under attack. The loud noises from fireworks and just the general clamor that happens during New Year’s Eve can all stress out or traumatize a pet and some may even suffer from a noise phobia. Here are some tips on how to enjoy a festive holiday without making your pets suffer from the noise around.

    pet-dog-new-yearImage grabbed from sheltonherald.com

    1. Make Sure Gates and Fences are Secure
    It’s best if you keep your pets inside the house on New Year’s Eve. The fireworks and other out of the ordinary sounds may be scary for dogs and cats.

    2. Create a Safe Room
    Provide a safe space for them where they can retreat to if they become anxious. You can place them in a quiet section of the home, using dog fence to secure a room for your dog or a large crate to place your cat until the end of the night.

    3. Keep Toxic Food and Drinks Out of Reach
    Most alcoholic beverages tend to attract many pets because of the strong smell that’s either from the alcohol or from a distinct, fruity aroma. Even though it may seem funny for your pet dog to lap up a cup of wine, the main ingredients in alcohol are toxic to your pets, especially dogs. Many wines are also made from grapes, which can be potentially toxic to dogs.

    4. Make sure that your pet’s tags are up-to-date.
    During the holidays there tends to be a lot of foot traffic in and out of your home, potentially creating opportunities for your cat or dog to go on a solo adventure. Make sure that their tags are up-to-date.

    5. Use Non-Toxic Decorations
    Tinsel, garland and small breakable or easily edible objects are not great to have around your curious pet. They can be toxic if eaten and can also get caught in the digestive track. Keep all of these types of decorations out of reach of your pets.

    Source: purelife4pets.com, petmd.com, huntvalleyanimalhospital.com

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