New Year’s Eve is a fun celebration for you, but loud music, laughter and fireworks can be stressful for your pets. Help your cats and dogs stay safe and relaxed during the holiday parties by following some of our tips listed below.
1. Keep your pets inside! Many pets find fireworks, crowds of people and the loud sounds of partying overwhelming leaving them anxious and frightened. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. Consider keeping your pets safe and secure at home in an escape-proof room as midnight approaches. Make sure your pet has plenty of water inside the room and your cat has access to a litter box.
2. If you must take your pet outside, keep them securely leashed or confined in a crate. Pets can run away from strange people and loud sounds. If your dog or cat doesn’t have a secure harness and you think they might easily slip out of a collar and leash, it is probably best they should be left safe at home.
3. Keep your pets microchips and vaccination tags up-to-date. Parties mean doors getting opened a lot. Even if you’ve thoughtfully hung a sign on a bedroom door saying ‘Do Not Open,’ or if you have your pets safely contained in a crate inside a bedroom, accidents happen. Make sure your pet ID tags and microchip information has your current address and phone numbers.
4. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets. According to the Pet Poison Helpline, alcohol can be toxic to both dogs and cats resulting in symptoms such as drooling, dry heaves or vomiting, distended abdomen, low blood pressure, weakness and collapse, and possible coma and death. See your vet immediately if you suspect your animal has ingested any kind of alcohol.
5. Keep pets away from bones and fatty foods. Fatty foods can create digestive problems for your pet causing them to suffer from vomiting, diarrhea and bloating. Additionally, when torn apart by teeth, cooked bones have been known to result in torn intestinal, stomach and esophageal tissues. Bones can also get stuck around the teeth and jaws, in the esophagus, stomach and intestines and end in blockages that may need surgical intervention.
6. Beware of New Year’s decorations. Shiny streamers, noisemakers, bright balloons and crinkly tinsel can be swallowed causing possible digestive issues and blockages.
7. Keep your pet on their usual feeding, sleeping and walking schedule. Your pet may feel less likely anxious when they stick to their daily routine.
8. Talk to your veterinarian about giving your pet anti-anxiety medications during the holiday. There are several different types of drugs available for animals. Please note: Do NOT attempt to dose your pet with any type of medication without first consulting with your veterinarian.
9. Exercise or play with your pet during the day to release any excess energy. The extra workout can reduce your pets stress level, helping them remain calm after dark.
10. Consider leaving your noisy neighborhood for the evening to someplace quieter. If you know for sure that none of the tips here will help your pet’s severe anxiety, pack up the travel crate and all of the other things you will need for an overnight away from home and take off to a more relaxing place.
11. Check your pet into a Pet Resort. You can celebrate ringing in the New Year with the piece of mind knowing your pet will be safe and will be able to rest comfortably in a New Year’s noise free environment. Call The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa for availability. (818) 889-2275.
VCA Westlake Village Animal Hospital (adjacent to The Barkley Pet Hotel & Day Spa) is open during the New Year’s holiday. Regular scheduled appointments are on New Year’s Eve until 5pm and from 5pm-10pm FOR EMERGENCIES. They are open New Year’s Day from 8am-10pm FOR EMERGENCIES. Call them at (805) 497-4900.