Pop open the bubbly and string up the tinsel, it’s almost New Year’s Eve! It’s the perfect time to get together with family, friends, and of course, pets. Though most of your human companions will have no trouble rejoicing in the new year, your dogs and cats may not understand what’s going on. To make this holiday fun for all your furry guests, here’s what you should keep in mind before the countdown.
If you plan on having guests over to celebrate the new year, make sure your pet is ready for them. Some animals can get overly excited or even hostile at the prospect of visitors. Pets who are uncomfortable with humans may bark or hiss loudly and even attack. Keep your pet on a leash or behind a pet barrier to avoid this situation.
Making a toast to the new year with a freshly opened bottle of champagne is a New Year’s tradition, but it’s important to be responsible throughout the night, especially if you have pets. Alcohol can be poisonous for pets, so don’t leave any drinks where your pets can reach them. When pets ingest alcohol, they could vomit, have tremors, or even lose consciousness.
Many beverages are also bottled in glass, which can easily break and cause injuries for your guests and pets. Keep an eye on your pet to make sure they are safe from these dangers at all times.
Though the firework show may be beautiful, your dog or cat may not be able to appreciate it quite as much as you. It’s no surprise that pets can get jumpy when there are loud noises abound, so it’s naturally that many cats and dogs act out when they hear fireworks. Many house pets express their anxiety by howling, crying, hiding, chewing up objects, walking in circles, etc.
Prepare yourself and your pet for the ruckus of the new year by providing them with a safe, comfortable place to stay when the fireworks explode. You can also reward them for staying calm when there’s thunder or airplanes flying overhead throughout the year. Some pet parents have been able to acclimate their pets to the sound of fireworks by playing softer recordings before the big night. If none of these seem to work, you may want to contact your vet for advice.
As the holiday season wraps up, you’ll probably need to take down your ornaments, tinsel, ribbons, and other festive decor. Try to keep your pet at a distance when you’re cleaning up because pets will often consume items they’re not supposed to. Plastic, metal, and glass are not digestible and could cause serious problems. Small decorations are also a choking hazard. Make sure to stow everything away in a place that can’t be accessed by your pets and try not to leave any trinkets behind.
With the end of the year, we’d like to thank all our visitors at Brookhurst Animal Medical Center for being great pet owners and friends. If your pet ever needs medical attention, stop by our veterinary clinic. We’re always happy to help!