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New Years Eve and an Anxious Pet

Pets hate New Years Eve. Ok, not all pets, but a lot of pets really hate this holiday. They basically hate any holiday that involves fireworks.

When ringing in the new year, take some precautions to keep your pet safe.

Here is a quick reminder, we will be closed at 4 pm on December 31st and closed all day on January 1st for the holiday.

Here are some tips to keep your pet safe on New Years Eve!

  • Alcohol –┬áDon’t leave any alcohol where you pet can get to it. Dogs love to drink beer, and pretty much anything sweet. Sometimes cats will as well. ┬áJust like you, your pet can get drunk. And just like you if they get drunk they can vomit, have diarrhea, pass out and have dehydration. Plus, it is really easy for your pet to get alcohol poisoning. They are much smaller than we are and it doesn’t take much for them to be affected. In addition to getting sick, many pets find getting drunk to be very upsetting. They don’t understand what is going on and may be more prone to hurting themselves because they don’t know how to handle how they feel.
  • Food – Do you make a special meal for New Years? We talk a lot about food that is ok for your pets. In general, don’t give them table scraps. There are a lot of human foods that can make your pet sick. If you do share your food, make sure it is pet safe food.
  • Fireworks – Let’s face it, here in New Mexico we pretty much just look for an excuse to set off fireworks and we don’t wait until midnight to get started. Fireworks are fun for humans but can be very scary for pets. If your neighborhood has a lot of fireworks, consider giving your pets a safe place, that is dark, for them to hide. Your bedroom is often an ideal location. Give them blankets to go under. You may even want to put them in there before the fireworks start. Being in a dark spot that is away from the hullabaloo and will help relieve their anxiety.

If your dog or cat gets really scared their natural reaction is to run and hide. Every year pets go missing because they get out of their yard or house. Make sure that your pet has their microchip, that way if they do get out, they can be re-homed easily.