New Years Eve Pet Dangersby Karyn Zoldan on Dec. 29, 2011, under Animal News, Cats Meow, Feline Fun, Dogs, Canines, Fun with Fido, Barking Encouraged, Pet Health & Safety
New Years Eve brings out the nut cases with all the fireworks and bullets bursting in air. New Years Eve and July 4th are my least favorite holidays because my dogs don’t get what all this noise is about and frankly neither do I.
Here are some tips to keep your pets safe on December 31:
(courtesy of Humane Society Southern Arizona)
As our community welcomes the arrival of 2012, our pets could be at risk. January 2 is one of the busiest days of the year for staff at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona accepting stray pets. Loud noises, such as celebratory gunfire and fireworks on New
Year’s Eve, can frighten pets and spur them to run away from home. These simple tips can go a long way to keeping your pet out of peril during the holiday:
– Keep all pets indoors and make sure they are equipped with a well-fitting collar and up-to-date ID tag.
– Do not tie out a pet in the yard to keep it from escaping. Not only is it illegal in Pima County; your pet can injure itself while trying to escape or fall victim to desert predators. (KZ: And stray bullets. What gets shot up must come down.)
– Implanting a microchip will provide a permanent way to reunite you with your pet should he or she become lost. The simple procedure is quick and easy, and is available at HSSA for just $20. No appointment is necessary.
– Keep your pet in a separate room during the evening. Provide water, toys, a comfortable bed and litter for cats. Leave a television or radio on to block out frightening noises. Not only will this keep your pet safely in the house, but will also help reduce his or her stress throughout the evening.
If your pet becomes lost, immediately call HSSA’s Lost and Found Department at 327-6088, ext. 111, and Pima Animal Care Center at 243-5900 to file a lost report and obtain information on conducting an effective search. Also be sure to visit each shelter at least every other day to look for your pet in person, and check the Found Pets website
If you’re having a party, beware of guests coming and going and indiscriminately opening up the doors. Your pet could slip out unnoticed. Your pets should be locked into a separate room (see above).