(WETM) — pet parents should plan to take some extra precautions to protect their furry friends as they say goodbye to 2023 and ring in the New Year.
Parties and holiday events pose additional risks for pets. This is especially true when alcohol and loud noises are around. The ASPCA released some suggestions. To help pet owners keep their cats and dogs safe in the New Year.
According to the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) experts, alcohol consumption can cause depression, unsteady gait, vomiting, large drops in blood pressure, and large drops in body temperature. Marijuana use can cause unsteady gait, drowsiness, sensitivity to touch, decreased heart rate, and hypothermia. All alcohol and other substances need to be kept out of reach of pets. If you’re hosting a gathering, be sure to tell your guests not to leave your drinks or marijuana products (such as edibles) in case a curious cat or dog decides to take a taste.
Regular human food at parties can also be dangerous for cats and dogs. As with alcohol and marijuana, keep all human food out of reach of pets during parties. Most pet owners probably know that chocolate, grapes, garlic, And many are toxic to pets.But some guests may not know. To avoid a nice guest not giving a pet some human food they shouldn’t have, politely ask guests not to feed their pet human food. If your pet is begging for food during your party, consider having some of your regular cat or dog treats available to give to guests.
As people arrive at your party, make sure your pets can’t get out the door. It’s important to secure all possible exits, even if you’re spending New Year’s Eve at home. Although the Twin Tiers doesn’t have a fireworks show scheduled for the holidays, some people might be starting their own. Loud noises, such as fireworks, can be scary for pets, so make sure they can’t leave the house if they get spooked. Keep your pets inside as midnight approaches.
The ASPCA recommends providing a quiet and comfortable place for pets to hide during the holiday, whether it’s from loud noises outside or party guests. Consider keeping your cats and dogs in a quiet room with cozy blankets and their favorite toys for New Year’s Eve.
If you think your pet has ingested something toxic or dangerous while on vacation or at any other time, you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center anytime at 888-426-4435. If you’re at someone else’s house and you suspect their pet has eaten something they shouldn’t have, be sure to tell the owner immediately so they can take action.