Updated: Apr 5, 2022
The countdown to the new year, but before you head out for your New Year's Eve Celebration, consider your pet's welfare. The ASPCA has some tips to help your dog have a fun and safe start to the year.
Keep an eye on alcohol and other poisonous substances. The ASPCA says that a large number of pets get into alcohol on NYE. Alcohol consumption can lead to depression, unsteady walking, vomiting; and in severe cases, a drop in blood pressure and body temperature. In fact, just one mixed drink can be fatal to a small dog; so it's important to keep your booze and other poisonous treats out of paws reach.
Be cautious of fireworks. New Year's Eve can be full of noisemakers. Pet parents should ensure their furbabies have a safe place during fireworks and other loud celebrations. If your dog has fear of loud noises such as thunderstorms; they will probably have issues with loud noises on holidays. Take precautious such as putting on their thundervests and consider using La Barkeria's CBD to help with your dog's stress while you're away. You should also be aware of poppers and explosives that may be on the ground before or after midnight; some dogs may be tempted to eat these items; which can be toxic.
Secure your home. Your pets may be home alone while you're out ringing in the New Year. Ensure your pet is comfortable and has a safe place before your leave for your celebration. Make sure that all exits are secure; and ensure that any harmful plants, foods or medications are put out of reach for the evening.
Inform your guests. If you are inviting people into your home, remember that they could bring substances into your house that could be dangerous to your pets. Try to plan accordingly, and tell your guests about your pets.
Have fun with your family. We're getting ready to enter a new year; you may want to include your pets in your celebrations. Work to keep your dog's normal schedule to minimize their stress.
While you want to prepare for any potential dangers, you also want to have fun with your furry friend as you ring in a new year. Stay safe this holiday season, and if you fear your pooch has ingested something dangerous, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
Happy New Year from La Barkeria!