You knew it was coming. Last week was Christmas safety, this week is the good ol’ NYE! And yes, we know it’s a couple of weeks before, but we like to make sure all our wonderful RMD family are prepared! Plus, we like to be efficient…
SO! What can you do to make sure your pooch is happy, stress-free and safe this New Years Eve?
Booze – Yep, this again! We’ve mentioned it a few times, but it’s a VERY important one to know and remember. Dogs should never, ever drink alcohol.
Dogs do not metabolize alcohol the way that people do. The ingestion of even small volumes of alcohol can cause serious damage to the liver, nervous system, and blood glucose, which could require hospitalization and may be fatal in extreme cases.
Many dogs experience acute kidney failure after ingestion of grapes or grape-containing products, such as wine or champagne.
Dogs generally don’t like the taste of alcohol, but if you have something particularly fruity, sweet or you have a Labrador (!) they might themselves tempted to a taste.
If you’re having a party with guests, make sure they know not to give your dog alcohol, and to keep an eye on their drinks; don’t leave them easily accessible. Better yet ensure you and your guests leave drinks above doggy level!
Dangerous Food – Okay, you must be sick of us going on about foods that are dangerous to your dogs, but we’re here to help and help we will – at any possible chance!
Parties go hand in hand with plenty of delicious foods for us, but these foods can be bad news for your pooch. Human food is often too rich for dogs, meaning the fat content is too high. High fat foods can lead to a condition called pancreatitis in dogs. This is a serious disease and often requires hospitalization. Pancreatitis can become chronic, and your dog may need medication and treatment for the rest of her life.
Keep fatty party food out of your dog’s reach. These include ham, sausage, chicken and turkey with skin, bacon, ribs, chicken wings, etc. Cooked bones are also dangerous, as they can splinter and puncture the oesophagus or damage your dog’s teeth.
Other foods to keep out of reach are grapes, onions, chocolate, raisins, soda, candy, gum, any product with the artificial sweetener xylitol, very salty snacks like pretzels and chips, mixed nuts and snack mix.
If you feel bad that your dog is missing our on all the snack time and party fun, have some doggy treats handy for you and your guests to hand over if the puppy-dog eyes come out. Don’t ever do it though, there’s nothing worse than an over-fed dog that can lead to sickness and tummy problems.
Fireworks – Fireworks are a dog and dog owners’ nemesis! They’re SO loud, scary and stressful! But they are basically a give when it comes to NYE celebrations.
There’s a reason we find our content used the MOST during the 4th of July, Bonfire night and New Year’s Eve. fireworks are incredibly scary and stressful for our pets. They’re loud, bright, smelly, and unpredictable (for your dog). All this can be dangerously frightening and anxiety inducing.
This should go without saying. Do not bring your dog to the fireworks displays, as they can be disorienting and frightening to pets.
Dogs are far more likely to bolt if they're outside and surrounded by explosions that they don't understand.
Your dog won't appreciate the fireworks as much as you do, anyway. As much as people would love to see and pet your dog on this fun, summer holiday, it's not worth the risk.
If you live in an area with New Year’s Eve fireworks, be prepared in advance. Provide your dog with a quiet, safe place to retreat from the noise. Set up a room as far away from the loud sound as possible and play our wonderful relaxing music and TV for dogs. Keep your windows closed! If your dog is particularly phobic, consider getting a Thundershirt, investing in CBD oil, getting medication from your vet or even going somewhere for the holidays that’s quiet.
Give Them a Safe Place – If you have a dog who would benefit from this, giving them their own room during celebrations might be the best thing you can do for them. If you’re at all worried about them getting into food, drinks, getting underfoot, getting stressed out or bolting out the door, shutting them away is the answer.
Make sure this room is quiet, cosy and away from the noisiest parts of the house. This cosy little refuge should have food, water, a bed, toys, blankets and have the windows/curtains shut to drown out any potential firework noises from outside.
Try playing our relaxing music or putting on an episode of Dog TV to entertain and relax your pup whilst you party. Though, do drop in on them periodically to check in on them, reassure them and give them a bit of love.