New Years Eve Pet Safety Tips
Whether staying at home to watch the ball drop or hosting a quiet or raucous party for friends, be sure you take some time to consider these pet safety tips.
I don’t know about your neighborhood but in my midtown Tucson neighborhood there are always some nut jobs setting off firecrackers or shooting off guns. And they don’t always wait until midnight either.
Loud noises scare most pets and some people. Take some precautions:
–Do not leave your pets outside on New Years Eve. If they get scared, they can jump the fence or wall or hurt themselves just trying to escape. If people are shooting off guns — bullets that go up, must come down.
–Loud noises scare pets causing them to escape and run as fast as they can, as far as they can. If your pet does not have a microchip, get one before Dec. 31.
–If you go outside at midnight to make a wish, to scream, to burn your fears, (whatever) whether on the street or in your yard — keep the pets inside.
–Be sure to keep a well-fitting collar and ID on your pet with a good phone number
–If you have recently adopted a pet after July 4th, you don’t know their tolerance, so err on the side of caution vs. abandon.
–If planning a party at home, keep your pet in a crate or closed room with a dog bed and toy. Doors open. Doors close. People aren’t paying attention. Pets escape.
–Also alcoholic beverages and diet sodas and not-dog-friendly food (raisins & grapes, garlic, onions, foods made with xylitol, rich cheeses & dips), fatty foods, and cooked bones) can either make your pets very sick or kill them. Who needs a trip to the emergency vet on New Years Eve?
–Turn on a TV or radio to provide soothing sounds that will distract your pet from outside noises (or blast some good old rock & roll)
–Spray pet-friendly aromatherapy to calm your dog’s nerves (yours too)
–A thunder shirt may help for anxiety (No affiliation but helped my hound who was afraid of the noise that the central heater made.)
–Animals that are extremely sensitive to noise may benefit from the use of veterinarian prescribed tranquilizers (I give my dogs Calms Forte which is holistic and can be purchased at Sprouts Market. Last year I gave them each a pill at 7:30 p.m. By 8 p.m. they were zonked out and slept soundly until 5:30 a.m. the next day. I have taken it myself for insomnia. Disclaimer: This is not medical advice.)
Have a safe and sane New Years Eve wherever you are…
(Photo: Courtesy HSSA – Chester (740521) is an adoptable 4-year old Pit Bull mix who spends his time in staff offices. )