New Year’s Eve is a time for fireworks, friends, and fun. However, it’s important to remember that what may seem like a joyful celebration to us can be downright frightening for pets. Below are three tips for keeping pets safe as you count down to 2015:
1. Keep your pet indoors: Many animals have a phobia of fireworks and other loud noises, which can cause them to jump fences or dig out of yards to try to “escape” the booming lights in the sky. Keep your pet indoors in a warm, familiar area. Address anxiety by leaving the TV on for some background noise or trying an anti-anxiety product for pets.
2. Keep alcohol out of reach: Many New Year’s get-togethers involve alcoholic beverages, which can be extremely dangerous if ingested by a dog or cat. Tell your guests to keep an eye on their drinks. Symptoms of alcohol toxicity in pets include drooling, vomiting, weakness, and a rapid heartbeat.
3. Give your pet some space: If you’re having people over and your pet isn’t used to crowds, it’s probably best to set up a spot for Fido or Fluffy in a separate room. Provide food, water, a comfy spot to rest, and some toys to help distract your pet from the commotion.
If your pet suffers from severe anxiety, make an appointment with a veterinarian to discuss the best treatment option for your individual animal.