Ring in the New Year Safely with Your Furry, Four-Legged Family Members

Denver Animal Protection offers suggestions to keep pets safe during celebrations~

DENVER—Popping champagne, playing thunderous music, and igniting fireworks may be fun for us humans but scary for our pets. These loud noises can trigger an animal’s instinct to run away and find shelter, so Denver Animal Protection (DAP) offers these suggestions to keep your four-legged family members safe and happy as we embark on 2023.

Keep pets indoors—the booming sound of fireworks, large crowds of people, poppers, and noisemakers may cause a dog or cat to try to escape the clamor. Keep your pets in a safe area at home with a bed, food, water, and a new toy to play with. Play soothing music to drown out loud noises. You can also turn on a TV or a white noise machine.

Exercise pets during the day—take your dog on a long walk or run. For cats, play with them for a half-hour or more. Tired pets are more likely to nap through the festivities.

Update tags and microchips—if your pet does indeed escape, make sure their identification tag and microchip have the most updated information. Most homeless animals at Denver Animal Shelter don’t have contact information to help staff get them back home.

Keep your pets away from dangerous substances—New Year’s Eve is a holiday synonymous with champagne and other alcoholic beverages, so be sure your pets don’t have access to boozy beverages. Ingestion of alcohol by pets can lead to lethargy, an unsteady gait, vomiting, and dangerous drops in blood pressure and body temperature. Certain foods can also be toxic, including grapes/rains, chocolate, macadamia nuts, and fatty foods (which can cause pancreatitis).

A reminder to stay safe as we say goodbye to 2022 and hello to 2023. If you fear your pet has eaten something dangerous, contact your veterinarian immediately or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888)-426-4435. Happy holidays to all!

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