Happy Holidays! Can you believe we are almost through 2021? It’s probably safe to say that many people will be more than happy to bid this year farewell. Just keep in mind that New Year’s Eve celebrations can be overwhelming for Man’s Best Friend. Here, a McHenry, IL vet offers some tips on keeping your canine buddy happy, healthy, and safe as we ring in the new year.
Offer Safe Space
If you’re having a party, or you know or suspect that your neighbors will be, you may find that your four-legged friend is a bit unsettled by the noise and commotion. If Fido is crate trained, you can put him in his crate with comfy bedding, toys, and treats. A quiet bedroom will work as well. Turn a radio or TV on to mask the noise. If your pooch has a fenced yard to chase squirrels around in, we also recommend limiting his outdoor time around the holiday.
Tire Fido Out
One way to help get the edge off your canine companion’s anxiousness is to tire him out. Take him for a long walk before it gets dark. Tiring him out with a fun game of Fetch or Tag will also help. Just be sure to use a sturdy leash, one that won’t snap. That way, if someone on your block starts setting off fireworks a little early and your pup bolts, he’s less likely to get away from you.
Alcohol is definitely not safe for Fido! Keep drinks away from your canine pal. Many party favors can also be dangerous, especially if your fuzzy friend tries to eat, well, everything. You’ll of course also need to make sure your dog doesn’t eat any unsafe foods, such as grapes and raisins, chocolate, avocados, pitted fruits, or meat on the bone.
Make Dog-Friendly Resolutions
New Year’s Eve is a time for people to reflect on their goals for the coming year. Why not include your furry buddy in your resolutions? Many pups would appreciate more walks and playtime! Or, perhaps Fido needs more training, or a steady supply of toys. Keeping up with your furry best friend’s grooming and veterinary care needs are also great resolutions.
Happy Holidays from Richmond Veterinary Clinic, your McHenry, IL animal clinic. We look forward to offering your beloved pet with great veterinary care in 2022 and beyond!