New Year’s Eve Safety Tips For Pets

While Yuletide treats, gifts and holiday bouquets are probably making their way out of your home, the season isn’t over just yet. There’s still one more holiday we are counting down the days to, so before you break out the noisemakers and champagne, New Year’s Eve can be a waking nightmare for dogs and cats, and thus, also awful for pet owners.
Keep an Eye on Food
New Year’s Eve is a unique holiday, and it’s one time of year when a large number of pets get into some food.Keep in mind that on this day, there might be unusual substances around which are actually toxic to your dog – so don’t forget to protect your dog from these dog poisons. Dangerous substances include:

  • Alcohol
  • Fireworks, sparklers
  • Chocolate
  • Cigarettes and drugs, including second-hand marijuana smoke²
  • Chemicals
  • Toxic houseplants
  • Salty snacks
  • Meat with bones
Be Wary of Fireworks
While the Fourth of July is the biggest holiday for fireworks, animal service receives a large number of calls about these potentially frightening noisemakers on New Year’s Eve. Not only will you want to ensure that your pet has a safe, comfortable place to find sanctuary away from the booming sounds of fireworks, but you should also remember that dogs will eat anything—even if does not seem like it would taste good! Be sure to monitor poppers, noisemakers, and explosives before, during, and after displays, and always keep a close eye on your pet to prevent any potential problems.
Spend quality time together.
Try to spend as much time with your dog on New Year’s Eve as you can. Since they are likely to be frightened on this day, be sure that when you engage with your dog, you do so calmly.So, what to do on New Year’s Eve with your dog to spend quality time together? Here are some ideas:

  • Play ball – while you watch the ball drop. Your dog’s favorite round toy will be sure to bring joy to their little heart.
  • Have a movie marathon.
  • Take a holiday together – somewhere peaceful.
  • Host a small, dog-friendly gathering – invite your dog friends!
  • Bake dog (and human) treats together.
  • Build a fort together.
  • Listen to calming music.



Happy holidays and a happy New Year!

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*We hope to give you better ideas for your pet, but this information is not meant to be a substitute for veterinary care. Always follow the instructions provided by your veterinarian. If your pet feels bad, please take it to the veterinarian in time.