The New Year’s Eve is upon is! Out with 2012 and in with 2013. Whether you’re throwing a party or going out, you can keep your pets happy and safe this holiday.
Update identification. Getting lost is one of the biggest risks for pets on New Year’s Eve. Make sure that your pet has updated identification. If you’ve moved but don’t have new tags for your pet, you can make a temporary tag out of the old one. Simply trace the outline of your pet’s tag onto thick paper or cardboard and write the pertinent information on it. Then match it up to the tag and use heavy clear masking tape to attach it. Wrap several times to make it as waterproof as possible. You can put information on both sides with another piece of paper, too.
Arrange for a sitter. If you’re going to be away for the evening New Year’s, make sure you arrange for a sitter. That way you won’t have to worry about getting home to take them out, which may weigh on your mind while you’re out celebrating or could expose you to traveling on a night when there is a higher number of intoxicated drivers on the road. Part of keeping your pets safe is keeping you safe to take care of them into the future.
Avoid loud noises. Something as small as a celebratory noisemaker to something as big as a fireworks show, loud noises can scare animals. The most obvious result of fear could be that the pet runs away, but even if they don’t, they could harm themselves or others in the process of trying to hide. Hold off on passing out the noisemakers until just before midnight and be sure that your pets are in a quiet part of the home when the ball drops.
Give them a getaway. If you’re hosting a celebration at your home, you may want to consider putting them in a quiet room with the radio on softly while the party is swinging. If your pets are social butterflies and you want to let them roam, make sure there is at least a a quiet place for them to escape to if the festivities get to be too much for them.
Watch out for your houseguests. Houseguests often aren’t aware of the rules regarding pets. Let them know that your pets need to stay inside the home and that no one should give them anything to eat or drink. You might also want to try to be aware of the comings and goings of your more inebriated guests, as they may not pay as close attention to whether or not the cat got out the last time he went outside for a smoke break.
Alcohol is for people. Make sure that alcoholic beverages stay out of the reach of your pet, especially if your dog or cat has a tendency for stealing drinks when people aren’t paying attention. Alcohol is just as potentially deadly for pets as it is for people and Fido or Fifi are not going to know when to stop. If ingested, alcohol could also cause pets to become intoxicated, weak, depressed or worse.
Decorate with pets in mind. Hang streamers, balloons and other decorations high out of the reach of nosy pets. Also make sure hats, crowns, noisemakers and other novelties are kept away from dogs and cats, as they can present a choking hazard or cause internal problems if ingested. No one wants to start off the New Year paying holiday prices for what would have already been an expensive trip to the vet.
Tire pets out earlier in the day. Taking the dog for a walk or playing with the cat to tire them out before anyone comes is a good way to prevent them from becomming overly excited while people are visiting. It could also entice them to take a long nap while the festivities are occuring. The bonding time between the two of you will also be good for their wellbeing, as they probably won’t get as much attention from you as they normally would.
Follow these tips to keep your pets happy and safe on New Year’s Eve. You have a happy and safe New Year’s, too! See you in 2013!
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