While You Celebrate The New Year But Don’t Forget Your Pets – New Year’s Eve pet safety tips

Pet Happy New Year

As you make plans to ring in 2014 in style, we have a few safety reminders for pet owners.

While the sparkling lights, whistles, bangs and popping sounds might be fun for humans, they can leave pets feeling scared and agitated.

Without proper care, pets can get lost during the festivities, so we have the following tips to keep your furry friends safe this New Year’s Eve.

Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags with current information.  Cats should wear break away / safety collars. Microchipping your pet is always advised.

Keep your pet indoors in a quiet area that is familiar to him / her with plenty of fresh water and give dogs several safe chew toys.  Dogs who are crate trained may feel safest in their kennels. Cats will do best in a bathroom or utility room with food, water and their litter box.

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.

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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About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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