It’s the most wonderful time of the year! However, it can also be one of the most stressful times of the year for our furry friends. The holiday season is full of fun festivities and family gatherings, and we can’t forget the always anticipated New Year’s Eve celebrations. While we enjoy all of these events, the ever-changing environment may be a cause of discomfort for pets. DGP has tips to help your fur babies enjoy this season as much as we do.
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Indoors vs. Outdoors.
New Year’s Eve is one of the most stressful nights for pets because of all the excitement that occurs at midnight. If your pets don’t like loud noises, keep them inside and away from any celebrations that may take place. Set them up in their own safe room with comfort items and toys to keep them occupied. If your pets are out and about during the celebrations, make sure you can monitor their reactions and know how to calm them if they are spooked by loud noises, such as poppers or fireworks. Ensure that their collars and leash are secure if you venture outdoors to ring in the new year.
Wires are not food.
Indoor decorating is a staple of the holiday season. Be mindful of any wires that may stick out. Keep wires and other small decorations out of reach of those curious canines. Wires can cause serious harm to pets if they treat them like toys. Keep your pet safe by moving those dangerous decorations out of reach.
No party animals allowed.
Not all pets enjoy being around large groups of people. It can be confusing and overwhelming for our canine companions. No matter how you celebrate the holidays, if your pets are nearby, ensure that they have comfort items. If the party is at your home, you can keep your pet secluded to their own special area. If you bring your pet to the party, make sure you are prepared to soothe those pet nerves if necessary. Think safety zone. A safety zone can be anything from a pet bed to a blanket, or even a couple of toys to keep your furry friend happy and occupied.
Fake can be good.
Fake plants that is! Those favored holiday plants, such as holly, poinsettias and mistletoe, can be harmful to pets. If real plants are more your style, ensure those plants are far out of paw reach. Be careful of Christmas trees as well when pets are in the home. Make sure trees are secured and you clean up around them daily if you prefer a real tree. Keep ornaments off the bottom of the tree to avoid pets trying to play with them. Keeping those playful pups away from Christmas trees is for their own safety!
Happy Holidays to you and your furry friends!
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