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Animal Attraction: The Houston SPCA Offers New Year's Eve Pet Safety Tips

Animal Attraction:  The Houston SPCA Offers New Year's Eve Pet Safety Tips

Credit: Photo by courtesy of bigfoto.com

by Stacy Fox

khou.com

Posted on December 31, 2009 at 6:30 AM

The biggest party of the year is just around the corner as we all get ready to ring in 2010 with a colorful display of loud fireworks.  It’s important to remember that on New Year’s Eve the sparkling, popping and crackling of fireworks can make many pets agitated and scared.  Without proper care, they can become lost.

Here are a few helpful tips to keep your furry friend safe this New Years Eve:

•Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with  identification tags with current information.  Dogs should wear nylon or leather collars only.  Never place tags on training collars or “choke” chains.   And, cats should wear break a-way / safety collars. Microchipping your pet is always advised.

•Keep your pets indoors in a quiet safe bedroom with plenty of fresh water and give dogs several safe chew toys.  Dogs who are crate trained will feel safest in their kennels.  Cats will do best in a bathroom or utility room with food, water and their litter box.

•Resist the urge to soothe and comfort your agitated pet as this can actually reinforce their stressed behavior. Instead, stay calm and “matter of fact” when dealing with a pet who is upset by loud noises.

•Frightened outdoor dogs have been known to jump high fences and dig holes to escape the sound of fireworks.  Indoor animals should be kept away from large glass windows or doors because when scared they are capable of crashing right through.

•Make sure to keep all alcohol, festive foods / chocolates, floral arrangements and party decorations away from your pets.  Alcohol can be dangerous and deadly while balloons, streamers, party hats, and confetti can be unhealthy if ingested by your pet.  Chocolate is especially toxic to both canines and felines.

Remember to keep a watchful eye on your pet and put the name and number of your veterinarian and local animal emergency clinic in a designated area.

Visit www.houstonspca.org for more information.

Photo courtesy of bigfoto.com.

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