No doubt you’re going to celebrate the ringing in of the new year and possibly celebrating at home with family and friends. With celebrations in the home comes preparation not only for your party but for your pet’s safety and sanity…in fact it’ll help your sanity too.
Celebrations are fun for humans and not so much for our furry family members. There’s lots of planning for the dinner and for visiting family and friends. It’s at times like these when your pet are a little neglected and it’s times like these when you need to pay extra attention to them. There are many ways in which you can prevent accidents and fatalities that can easily happen at this time of year.
First off all stay as calm as you can through all of your planning and the New Years celebrations…that’s not meant to be funny. Recruit as much help as you can from your family. This helps keep stress levels to a minimum in turn lowering your pet’s stress level…it’s worth taking a few deep breaths.
Ensure that you know where your pet is at all times particularly when you answer the door to greet your guests. A tip is to tell your guests that you alone will be answering the door to prevent your pet from having the opportunity to run out of the house. Put all your guests’ purses in a room away from your pet’s inquisitive nose. If you have small children coming over to the house do not leave your dog and the children unattended. Small children are generally noisy and often do not have the skills to appropriately interact with a pet especially dogs. Your dog may not have spent time with small children and this could end in a situation with a child getting a dog bite. If you cannot be with your dog at all times assign a family member or friend to keep an eye on your dog or create a safe secure area.
Now I don’t know about you but if I am going to offer someone’s dog a treat or food I always ask the owner if it’s ok. You never know if someone’s dog is allergic to certain foods or simply not permitted to eat them. In a perfect world everyone would ask but you are more than likely to encounter one of your guests feeding your dog without asking. My advice would be to inform all of your guests to not feed your dog for safety reasons and that would also include any drinks. This way you can avoid any food or alcohol poisoning. Alternatively you can prepare a small treat jar that your guests can use to get into your dog’s good graces when they arrive.
Onto the kitchen…keep your trash secure where your pet cannot get into it in any way possible. Sharp can lids, mesh from a roast, and food are dangerous and sometimes fatal. Place your food to the back of the counter top where your pet cannot reach it and keep them clear from the oven. It’s a good idea to simply put up a baby gate to keep the kitchen off-limits to your pets.
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The count down of the new years clock is typically coupled with fireworks and they’re super scary for pets. Take the time to prepare a room for your pet with music, toys, and a delicious treat. Your goal is to convince your pet that there are no fireworks…nothing to see or hear here.
Having your vet’s telephone number at hand is a must as well as the emergency vet and the poison control centre numbers. Should you suspect your pet ate something dangerous do not hesitate to get your pet to the vet. If there is a case of bloat it will not rectify itself, a vet needs to treat your pet immediately.
In a nutshell make your pet an important part of your New Years festivities, ask your family and friends to help you with their safety, and take the necessary precautions to make your home extra safe going from one year into the next for your four-legged furry friend.