If you’re hosting a party or plan to bring your pet to one, it’s best to create a comfortable space for her in a room with no windows where you can close the door. That way she won’t become overly excited about things taking place outside of the home. You should prepare the room with your dog or cat’s regular food, plenty of fresh water, and her favorite toys and bedding material. Be sure to check on your pet often and reassure her if she seems frightened by noises.
What’s New Year’s Eve without at least a few noisemakers? While you might not think a quiet December 31 sounds like much fun, the noises from these harmless party favors can really set your pet on edge. This is another reason why it’s a good idea to keep him in a separate room.
You can take several precautions and your pet can still find a way to escape from the house in the chaotic environment of a New Year’s Eve party. Buffalo Companion Animal Hospital recommends microchip identification for all pets for this reason. A collar and tag can fall off or become stuck on a fence, leaving your pet alone with no way to identify her. With a microchip, anyone who finds your dog or cat can bring her to the closest veterinary clinic or animal shelter for scanning. Since the chip holds your contact information, someone will contact you to pick her up.
Many New Year’s Eve parties include alcohol, so it’s important to make certain that it’s out of your pet’s reach. If you’re the party host, make sure your guests know there’s nothing funny about trying to get an animal drunk. Alcohol is extremely toxic for dogs and cats and they can become ill even when ingesting a tiny amount.
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