Ringing in the New Year can be full of celebrations, love, and lots of fun food and drinks. However, it can also be filled with danger and risks for your furry friends.
Read on for some helpful tips for keeping your pets safe, healthy and happy in the midst of all of the celebrating.
If you have outdoor pets, be sure and bring them inside before the festivities and outdoor fireworks begin. For people with horses or outside animals, make sure they have a safe, secure space to spend the evening while noisy, outside celebrations are going on.
Make sure your pets do have collars on, and with updated ID tags, especially dogs who are often more frightened than their feline counterparts. Take a few minutes to verify your microchip contact info in the event you’ve had recent changes or simply can’t remember. Being prepared for a worse case scenario may just help your pet in the event they do get outside & you’re aren’t able to readily catch them.
Be sure to keep your eye on all alcoholic drinks. The ingestion of alcohol in pets can lead to vomiting, unsteadiness and a drop in blood pressure. In certain cases, it can be fatal. Be sure all alcohol is kept out of reach and never unattended.
Be cautious of noisemakers and fireworks. While these are fun for you, they very well may terrify your pet. Make sure your pet is in a safe area, perhaps a separate room with comfort items and a place to hide. Make sure the pets do not have a way to escape as they may try to run when the noises start. Make sure all doors and windows are securely closed. Keep your pet inside during the noisy celebrations as they could be easily spooked and run.
Animals will often mistake non-edible products as a snack. Immediately clean up all confetti, streamers and other celebratory objects they can accidentally injest. No one wants to start the new year off at an animal hospital!
If you notice your pet developing anxiety, provide them with comforting items, food, water and try and distract them with play or relaxing activities. Some suggest putting the TV, radio or even a fan on to distract from the noise.
If you are having guests, make sure they know you have pets and make them aware to leave them in their quiet space. Even put a PET ZONE sign on the door to the space so guests know exactly where you furry children are. This will help prevent any accidental escapes. It is beneficial to warn your guests not to feed your pets any human food or snacks. Some people may not be aware of the risks of food and alcohol to pets.
In the event your pet does get out, be prepared with food, treats and favorite toys, to coax your frightened animal back in. Take a leash with you because you will want a means to secure them if loud, outside noises are still going on. Often when pets are in a fear-based mode, they are reluctant to even come to their humans. This will especially be the case if fireworks are going off in your area.
We hope that you and your pets have an enjoyable, safe and Happy New Year.
If your pets are anything like our pets, then we know they love treats and mooching your food!
Many human “snacks” can be dangerous to your animals so pet bakeries have opened around the United States as a way to offer delicious, fun treats that are safe for your furry friends. Not only can you get incredibly healthy treats for your dog and cat, but many are incredibly creative as well. Some of these bakeries even offer birthday cakes! Yes, your pet will definitely be the talk of the town!
With the holidays here, we have gathered just a small list of some amazing pet bakeries offering tasty treats both in-person and on-line. Check them out. You will probably find the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite furball!
But honestly, it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to celebrate your “best friend” with special treats. We’d love to hear your favorites, especially if it’s a fabulous find not on this list. Afterall, good dogs/cats need a favorite source for treats.
Now that Thanksgiving is over & the holiday season is upon us, this is the perfect time for us to go over some important tips to keep your pets safe and healthy.
Your halls will be decked, your tables full of food and your house filled with guests…how can you keep your pets safe with all of this? Read on and find out!
DANGEROUS FOODS FOR YOUR FURRY FRIENDS:
The holidays are filled with delicious food to warm your heart and soul. As much as your pets may beg, please never feed the following treats:
Chocolate or anything containing any amount of chocolate
Dairy Products such as Milk, Cream & Cheese
Bones or carcasses
The artificial sweetener Xylitol
Pets are naturally curious creatures. To ensure they do not pull a sneak attack, keep food away from the corners of the table, make sure all garbage cans are securely closed and never leave any food unattended.
A beautiful plant can liven up your home and brighten a dark day. Did you know that some plants are toxic to your pets? Please check out the list below and “pet-proof” your home by removing these plants, not only in the holiday season but year-round too.
WHAT IS CONSIDERED A DANGEROUS HOLIDAY DECORATION:
For some, having a Christmas tree is a tradition that you will never break. However, a tree can pose some risks for your pets. So, how can you keep them safe while having your beautiful tree protected too?
Make sure your tree is anchored safely to the floor so your excited cat or dog cannot knock it over.
Many will add fertilizer, aspirin, or sugar to the tree water to keep it healthy. DO NOT do this! The water should be 100% pure water and change it often as old water can become a breeding ground for bacterial growth.
All ornaments should be kept out of reach as the broken fragments can cause internal obstructions if ingested.
Finally, all wires should be placed in such a way that they are not exposed to the pets. A live electrical wire can cause shock and severe damage to the mouth if chewed on.
Additional decorations can pose a risk to your canine and feline friends.
If you are using an electrical Menorah, make sure the wires are safely hidden. If you are using candles, you should make sure that they are never left unattended as the pets can knock them over and cause a fire or burn themselves in the process.
Tinsel, yarn and ribbon are attractive to pets, especially cats. They will not understand that they should not ingest this so make sure to never leave it unattended or in areas that they can access. Ingesting these products is dangerous as it can get stuck in their intestines, requiring immediate surgery.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE HOLIDAY GUESTS:
If you happen to have any guests over this holiday season or at any time throughout the year, please read the tips below to ensure your pets stay inside and safe.
It is recommended to keep your pets in a safe room where they cannot sneak out of the door as people go in and out.
Let guests know prior how many pets you have so they are aware.
Make sure that your pet has identifications tags on in case they do get out and get lost. It is also recommended that your pet be microchipped for extra safety measures.
Pets can be easily overwhelmed by noise and company. It is always great to have a separate room or part of the house that the pet can escape to if they want to be alone in the quiet. Make sure this space has a bed and food/water and some comfort items.
We wish you and your pets a wonderful, safe and healthy holiday season and a Happy New Year!