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New Years Eve Can Be Dangerous for Pets

Fireworks and loud noises can turn even the bravest dog into a scared puppy. And when a dog is scared, he is more likely to run away to find shelter. New Year’s Eve, a night filled with loud noises, like parties, fireworks, and music, large crowds of people, unfamiliar surroundings, and a change to people's normal routines, is a particularly dangerous night for pups due to these reasons.

Lacey and Erica Cleary

To keep your dog safe, calm, and happy this New Year’s Eve, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital is offering this expert advice. 

  1. Keep pets away from fireworks, securely indoors. The sound of fireworks can cause disorientation in pets, leading them to do almost anything to find safety. Attempts to escape, such as scaling fences, running into streets, or even breaking through glass doors, may lead to life threatening injuries to the pet. Keep pets inside during firework displays and consider keeping them in an enclosed, quiet, and safe space. If you know your pet is sensitive to loud noises, talk to your veterinarian about calming routines as well as medications for a more holistic approach. If you're unable to leave your pet unattended at home, keep them leashed and under your direct control. 
  2. Keep pet identification tags up-to-date and/or microchip. New Year's Eve parties bring ample opportunities for pets to escape through front and back doors. Be sure to have at least two up-to-date forms of pet identification on your pet, one of which could include a microchip. Speak to your veterinarian about the benefits of getting a microchip for your pet. If your pet is already microchipped, make sure that you have registered the chip with the most up-to-date contact information. This will ensure a speedy return home, should your pet become lost. If your pet does become lost, contact your local animal control and surrounding shelters immediately. If you find a lost pet, either take them to the address on their tag or bring them to a local animal shelter so they can be reunited with their family. 
  3. Pick up party decorations. Confetti and other party decorations can liven the atmosphere but can cause your pet to become injured or ill if digested or chewed on by your pet. Use party decorations within a confined space (away from Fido and Fifi if possible) and clean up as soon as possible.  
  4. Watch what is fed to Fido.  Avoid feeding your pet and allowing others to feed your pet table scraps, especially food containing bones. Bones, despite bone size or the volume consumed, can result in an unexpected visit to a pet emergency room, as they can cause pets to choke or a gastrointestinal obstruction. Make sure guests are aware of your pet’s dietary restrictions, including allergies and food that is toxic to all pets, such as chocolate, xylitol, onions, apple cores, coffee, avocado, grapes/raisins, salt, tomatoes, and yeast dough.