New Year's Eve Safety

Most of us cannot wait to be done with 2020 and ring in the new year! Keep some simple tips in mind to avoid any more disasters that would be fitting of a 2020 send off.

Fireworks

One of the best parts of New Year’s Eve is watching the elaborate firework displays from around the world. If you consider partaking in the festivities, make sure your pet is not around. Fireworks are not only dangerous to pets as a fire hazard, but they can also cause them to experience extreme anxiety and noise aversion. Your pet should have a safe space to retreat to or be placed in when fireworks are going off. Consider playing some brown or white noise in the background to help with distraction. Talk to your vet to see if your pet is a good candidate for approved noise aversion medications.

Keep the Bubbly for the Adults

There is nothing better than having some nice bubbly cocktails and cheering’s to the new year.  Alcohol ingestion can be very harmful to pets and is very difficult to correct as the liquids are readily absorbed by the stomach once ingested. As a gastrointestinal irritant, ingestion can cause vomiting and hypersalivation, and severe cases can lead to hypothermia and neurologic issues.  

Count the Grapes

A common tradition is eating grapes to bring in a new year of prosperity and health. Ensure your pet has a welcomed distraction to avoid them eating any of the grapes. Grape and raisin ingestion can cause acute kidney disease in dogs. If enough is consumed, dialysis can sometimes be recommended to improve long term kidney function. If you see of think your pet ingested grapes or raisins, contact your vet or Poison Control to learn about recommended steps.

Caution with Props and Decor

Common celebratory items can be dangerous for your pet. Streamers can be ingested and lead to stomach upset and blockage.

Identification

It is always important to have one to two forms of identification on your pet at all times. But this is especially important when it comes to holiday that can cause pets to be scared, frightened, and possible run away in seek of shelter and safety. Make sure pets have a collar with their name, address, and the pet parents phone number. Having your pet microchipped and registered is an added safety measure recommended for all pets.

Plan Ahead

While we always want our pets to stay healthy and out of harm’s way, it is always a good idea to plan ahead. Call you vet and learn about their holiday schedule and after-hours care options. These simple steps and make a world of difference if an emergency were to happen and swift action were needed.

Safe and Happy New Year to all!

Dr. Nicky

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