2014 is almost here, but if you’re like most people, you want to send 2013 out with a bang, or at least one heck of a party. As you prepare, here are some things to keep in mind to make sure your pet rings in the New Year safely.
First, make sure he has a quiet, safe place to retreat to. Many pets get anxious around loud noises and crowds and appreciate a way to get away from them. Keep them away from the door so they won’t get spooked and possibly run outside. Speaking of the outdoors, if you happen to have pets that enjoy spending time outside, bring them inside New Year’s Eve, just to be safe. Fireworks and other loud noises may upset them, and if you happen to live in an area where people shoot guns into the air to celebrate, it’s just too much of a risk to take.
Second, keep your pet on his normal diet. As tempting as it is, don’t let them indulge in party foods or snacks. Some, like grapes, olives and chocolate, can be toxic, and the high fat content in others can lead to stomach upsets and even pancreatitis, which is quite painful. Make sure to keep them away from cooked bones too, which are soft and can splinter. Finally, make sure all alcoholic drinks are kept out of the reach your curious cat or dog!
With a little forethought and preparation, ringing in the new year can be fun and safe for you and your pets. Happy New Year!