With New Year's Eve right around the corner, don't forget to keep your pets in mind! Here are 5 Pet Safety Tips so that both you and your pets can safely ring in the new year!
1. Collar, ID Tag and a Up-to-Date MicrochipMany dogs and cats escape their homes during New Years Eve celebrations because they are scared of fireworks and other loud noises.
Should your dog or cat become scared and bolt out the door, please be sure that he or she is wearing a collar, ID tag and has an up-to-date microchip.
A combination of all three (collar, tag and microchip) will increase the chances of your pet being returned to you quickly if he or she gets away.
2. Keep Toxic Food and Drinks Out of ReachAlcoholic beverages are very toxic to pets. Some guests will not know this and may leave a cup in a place where your pet can get to it.
Be sure to let all guests know that alcoholic beverages, hot beverages and foods should be kept out of your pets reach at all times.
3. Secure your Pets in a Private RoomDogs, cats and even some pet rabbits may be overwhelmed and become anxious by a house full of guests, loud music and fireworks going off.
Consider setting up a pet safe room where your pets can escape from holiday festivities. Create a safe place where they can retreat if they become to anxious. Supply your pets with soft music, a cozy bed, fresh water, and food or favorite dog/cat treat.
4. Use Non-Toxic DecorationsKeep all of types of decorations up high and away from your pet. They can be toxic if eaten and can also get caught in the digestive track.
5. Make Sure Gates and Fences are Closed and SecureSome pets may prefer to be outside, however, it’s really best if you do not allow your pet to be outdoors on New Year’s Eve. It is very common for fireworks, noise makers and other loud sounds to occur during this night which often scare pets and may result in them looking for a way to escape.
Have a Happy & Safe New Year!