Parties, fireworks and 2015 song mash-ups are how many people like to bring in the New Year. Unfortunately for many pets all the festivities that come with the holiday can be stressful and frightening. A crowded house with new, loud sounds can scare pets and have undesired consequences, such as gastrointestinal upset from stress (an upset tummy), running away from home or even biting out of fear. Luckily, there are many precautions you can take to help ensure you and your pet can start off on the right paw in 2016.
1. Create a Safe Place. Even the friendliest pets can become overwhelmed around large groups of people. Set up their kennel or favorite bed in a quiet room away from all the commotion. Bonus points for including a frozen Kong or toys to help ease their nerves.
2. Toxins, Balloons and Streamers-Oh My! Alcohol, chocolate, bones and fatty foods can be toxic to dogs if ingested. Dogs and Cats may also be interested in balloons and streamers and accidentally ingest these things which can cause chocking or a blockage in their intestinal track. If you think your pet has ingested anything dangerous call your vet or the National Pet Poison Helpline (800) 213-6680 as soon as possible.
3. Wear ‘Em Out! Before the festivities, go on a long walk, to the dog park or enroll them in day camp if they enjoy playing with other dogs. A tired pet will have an easier time staying calm around new people and loud noises.
4. Fireworks and Pets Don’t Mix. Fireworks are extremely stimulating to the senses, and while that’s great news for us-our pets hate it. Remember that their eye sight and hearing is different than ours, which makes fireworks overwhelming and scary for our four legged companions. If you plan on being around fireworks, it’s best to leave the pets at home or leave them indoors.
5. Identification. Identification. Identification. Pet parents can go above and beyond to keep their fur babies safe but pets can still somehow manage to slip out the front door. Whether it’s the guest that accidentally left the front door open a split second to long or the well behaved dog that gets frightened and takes off from the sound of fireworks, pets often go missing during the holidays. As a safety precaution, make sure all of your pets are wearing a collar with tags that identify you as their family and a phone number to contact you with. You can also get your dogs and cats microchipped as an extra safety precaution. To see our most recent microchip success story, click here!
Have a safe and fun New Years! If you need us, the All Valley Animal Care Center in Meridian will be open and ready to help. You can reach us at (208) 888-0818 or come directly to our hospital at 2326 E. Cinema Drive, Meridian, ID 83642. We’re right off of I-84 next to the Harley Davidson and across from the Majestic Cinemas.