On New Year’s Eve, the noisemakers, fireworks, friendly faces, and festive beverages make for an exciting night, but many pets are not prepared for the festivities. Wrap up the New Year with your pet in mind to ensure the New Year’s celebration is enjoyable for every member of the family—including your party animals.
“If you plan on going out, your pet gets easily stressed or they are particularly great at getting into trouble, the best thing to do is create a secure, calm, comfortable space with plenty of water and entertainment for the evening,” said Dr. Sarah Nold, veterinarian at Trupanion. “Inform your guests early on that your cat is indoor only, and if you take your dog outside, be sure they are leashed so they don’t run away. A few simple steps will keep you from ringing in the New Year at a veterinary hospital.”
If your pet is a social butterfly who insists on being a part of the festivities, it’s important to keep them in mind and out of trouble. Always be aware of where your pet is and avoid sharing a sip of bubbly with your social Setter or Siamese. Some people think it can be funny to give alcohol to pets, but it can be extremely dangerous. “Never give your dog or cat alcohol. If any alcohol is spilled, be sure to clean it up promptly,” Dr. Nold added. Instead, make some pet-safe treats for your pet to enjoy during the festivities.
Trupanion has seen claims for alcohol ingestion primarily for dogs under 2 years old. Many times, the alcohol was ingested along with foods, including chocolate and gummy bears infused with alcohol.
Like with humans, exposure to alcohol depresses the central nervous system of cats and dogs. Symptoms of alcohol ingestion include loss of coordination, drowsiness, vomiting, slowing of breathing and heart rare, and a drop in body temperature. If exposed to too much alcohol, pets can go into cardiac arrest or the alcohol can permanently damage the kidneys and liver.
While it can be fun to celebrate alongside pets, it’s crucial to keep their well-being in mind. Talk to your veterinarian about any questions you may have to keep your pet safe on New Year’s Eve and well into 2017.