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New Year’s Eve Firework Safety Tips for Pets

Katy Texas News
Posted December 28, 2010

On New Year’s Eve, the whole world comes together for the most exciting party imaginable. As we get ready to ring in 2011 with a loud, colorful display of festive fireworks, we need to remember to keep our furry friends safe.  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 from the Houston SPCA 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 become lodged in your pet’s intestines, causing an intestinal blockage.  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.

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