New Year’s Eve is a time for celebration with friends and family, but just remember your fur family may not like to party. Here are some tips to help keep your pets happy and safe during this merriment time.
- Alcohol-Animals ingesting alcohol can lead to depression, unsteady walking, and in severe cases, a serious drop in blood pressure and body temperature. Make sure if your pets interact with party guests that everyone knows not to feed your pet’s food or alcohol. This may seem self-explanatory, but some people may not be aware of the dangers of such behavior or can even be intoxicated themselves.
- Loud noises-Fireworks are a popular New Year’s tradition at midnight. If your pet is afraid or gets anxious when there are loud noises, try keeping them in a quiet, cozy area of the home such as a basement so they feel safe and secure. Monitor poppers and noisemakers as they may contain confetti and other small items that can be dangerous for your pet to ingest.
- Secure your pet-If you plan to go out for the evening, make sure all the exits are secured and your pet cannot escape, especially if they get upset by a loud noise. Keep any potentially dangerous items out of reach. If people will be coming and going from your home, make sure your pet is in a secured area of the house and all doors are securely closed. If you must let the dog out for a bathroom break, monitor them closely by keeping them on a leash with a properly fitting collar.
- Exercise- for dogs, take them on a long walk or run during the day. For cats, play with them for up to a half-hour or more. If they are tired, pets are more likely to nap or rest through the festivities.
- Cold weather– Fridge temperatures are expected and prolonged exposure to the cold can cause frostbite. With snow and more cold expected in the next few days, salt and other chemicals can irritate your pet’s paws and skin so try booties or gel to protect tender paws. Coats and sweaters can also help keep your pet warm while spending time outdoors.
If you have any questions on how to keep your pet safe during New Year’s Eve please call Meadowlands Veterinary Hospital at 201-646-2008. At MVH we are wishing you and all your family and fun and safe New Year. We hope to see you soon!