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Top tips to enjoy New Year’s with your pet

It’s hard to believe another year has come and gone. As we look forward to all the exciting things to come in 2018, it’s important to remember our furry family members too. Below is our list of top tips for New Year’s Eve.

Top tips for New Year’s Eve

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Don’t forget about your pet(s): Don’t let your pet miss out because of the excitement of the day! Your dog will still need an evening walk or play as usual and your cat will benefit from extra socializing and playing before guests arrive. If they don’t have opportunity to wear out some energy, your pets may get over-excited around your guests. It’s also important to remember that while some pets may enjoy being a part of all the fun, other pets might need space. Create a safe zone where your pet can retreat to if the excitement becomes too much for them.

New Year’s snacks and beverages: Keep an eye on your pet(s) and your guests. Make sure your pets do not eat any of the foods you have set out, and that your guests know not to feed your pets as well. Some  foods delicious for us, can be toxic to our pets if ingested. One idea is to set out a dish with a few of your pet’s favourite treats for the night, that way your guests have a safe treat option to give your pets. If there’s going to be alcohol at your party, it’s important you keep your pets away from it. Alcohol can be very toxic to pets!

Countdown rules: While you’re counting down to the New Year, be sure to secure your pets in a safe, quiet, escape-proof area. This will keep your pet(s) calm and away from potential hazards such as confetti. Strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, necessitating surgery in extreme cases.

New and loud noises: Be aware of noise or excitement that can be overwhelming to your pet such as, noise poppers, horns, loud guests and other party favours. Also keep in mind that some people let off fireworks on New Year’s Eve which can also cause stress to your pet and possible damage to their sensitive ears. We advise you don’t leave your pet outside unattended, as loud noises can startle or scare your pet and cause them to run off. More safety tips on how to keep pets happy and safe are available by visiting Holiday Safety Tips – ASPCA.

We wish you and your pet(s) a safe and happy New Year!!

Dec 29, 2017
by Emily Cook