It is the end of a very long year and many pet owners will be celebrating the coming of a new year with friends, family, fireworks and fun.
With all the New Years Eve festivities it is quite easy to overlook the needs of your pet, but if you follow these few tips, you and your pet will have a New Years Eve to remember!
Fireworks and other Loud Noises
Whilst fireworks are always fascinating to watch, your pet might not like them as much as you do. To your pet, fireworks just make frighteningly loud noises and leave a smell of sulfur in the air. In fact, fireworks are one of the main causes of pet anxiety over the holiday period. But other loud noises, such as party favors and popping champagne corks are also to blame. Unfortunately, your dog's bad experiences with fireworks and other loud noises on New Year's Eve can lead to Loud Noise Syndrome, which is a constant fear of loud noises.
When planning your New Year's Eve party at home, remember to prepare a room in your home where you can place your pet out of the way. Provide him with a bowl of fresh water, some yummy food and all of his favorite toys. Leave a radio or TV on to dim out the noisemakers and fireworks.
Keep in mind that as pets grow older they can gain or lose their phobias. Unfortunately, it takes one bad new experience to severely traumatize your pet for life.
Prevent Run Away Pets
Remember the old adage: 'A tired dog is a happy dog'? Before you venture out on New Year's Eve or invite your friends over for a party, take your dog out for a long run in the afternoon. Keep your dog on a shorter leash than normal and make sure his collar is on properly, as some fireworks may be set off before dark by eager children which may startle your dog.
Your dog's tags should be up to date and include relevant contact information. Once home from your run, or walk, feed your dog early and let them relax in the special room that you have prepared for them for the evening. It is a good idea to post a note on the door to the room warning your guests that your dog is on the other side and they should not enter.
Before leaving your dog alone in his room, check to make sure that the windows and curtains are closed and that there is nothing toxic or harmful that your pet could chew on.
If your guests arrive early, keep a close eye on the front door as it provides a quick and easy escape route for any nervous dog!
Pets and Alcohol Don't Mix!
Dogs and cats are very curious creatures and think nothing of taking a gulp out of a glass containing wine or beer. Drinking alcohol can be lethal to pets, so make sure that your guests do not voluntarily allow your pet to have a sip of their drinks.
Balloons, noisemakers, confetti, streamers and party hats can be fun for a pet to rip up, but they can cause intestinal blockage if swallowed. Keep such decorations out of your pet's reach.
Candles add an air of elegance to any New Year's Eve party, but think carefully about where you place them. Wagging tails can easily knock over a candle, whilst wet pet noses can easily be burnt when your pet sniffs the candle. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.
Never feed your pet any food meant for your guests. Some foods can make cats and dogs very ill and spending the first day of the new year at the vet's office is not going to be funny for either you or your pet.
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