Goodbye 2020! This year has been unlike any other and incredibly challenging for millions nationwide, so you can bet we are counting down to new beginnings in 2021. But amidst New Year’s celebrations, it is important to remember that our furry friends may not like the loud sounds or other aspects that come along with the holiday. Here are some things to watch out for—and a few tips—to keep your pet safe, happy and healthy while ringing in the new year!
Mind the alcohol– and other substances!
While you may be staying home this New Year’s Eve, it’s likely alcohol could still be involved in your evening. Popping champagne at midnight may be tradition, but alcohol ingestion in pets could lead to depression, unsteady walking, vomiting, and in severe cases, a major drop in blood pressure and body temperature. Be sure to keep any and all alcohol well out of paw’s reach.
Additionally, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) receives many calls about pets ingesting marijuana as it becomes legalized in many states. Marijuana in edible forms, like brownies, can be a hazardous snack for curious pet. Marijuana ingestion can cause unsteady walking, sleepiness, sensitivity to touch and decreased heart rate and body temperature. In rare cases, seizures and death may be possible. So, make sure to also keep any marijuana or marijuana-related products away from pets.
By now, we are all pros at expecting the unexpected, but let’s not forget to be proactive when it comes to protecting our pets. If you are staying home, keep an eye on the food as our four-legged friends could be in search of an off-limits treat. See APCC’s full list of dangerous foods to know exactly what to watch out for and consider sticking to your pet’s normal food or treats if you’re looking to give them something special for the holiday.
If you are planning to have a small group of guests over, set up a quiet space your pet can escape to. Throw in some cozy blankets and they’ll be happy as a clam! Additionally, be mindful of your guests’ belongings as some may carry medication on them that could be toxic to curious pets.
If you plan to celebrate at someone else’s home, do a quick double-check before leaving for the evening. Make sure all exits are securely shut, food and medication are put away and do what you can to make your pet feel comfortable.
From fireworks to poppers to noisemakers, New Year’s Eve has its fair share of frightening, loud sounds. Always make sure your pet is safe, comfortable and has a quiet place to hide during the holiday. Try using a room without windows and lots of warm blankets to keep them feeling calm.
Be sure to follow these few tips and tricks for a happy, healthy and pet-safe new year with your loved ones. Wishing you all a better, brighter year in 2021!
If you suspect your pet may have ingested a hazardous substance, please contact your veterinarian or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) at (888) 426-4435.