Happy New Year from all of us at PACT Animal Sanctuary
Saturday, 31 December 2016
Happy New Year to all our supporters
Thank you for everything - we couldn't do it without you!
Follow these Pet safety tips to give your pets a Happy New Year too!
- Make sure your pets are micro-chipped and that the microchip company has your current address and phone numbers. Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with identification tags with current information. Cats should wear break away / safety collars.
- Keep your pets indoors in a quiet area that is familiar to him / her with plenty of fresh water and give dogs several safe chew toys. Descending remnants of scorching novice fireworks, bottle rockets and stray celebratory bullets could cause serious injury or death to your pet. Therefore, keep the outside visits to a minimum. This night is different, remember, anxiety can surface in the most fearless of dogs and most laid back cats while courage from alcohol can come out in the most passive of humans.
- If you're having guests over, consider keeping pets in a room that's off-limits to guests with plenty of water and pet food. 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. Surround pets with their favorite toys and other familiar objects. Sometimes the smell of an article of clothing from your laundry can help comfort them.
- Chew toys or non ingestible chew bones are great to hold attention. Have several on hand and change them out for different ones throughout the night.
- Resist the urge to soothe and comfort your agitated pet as this can actually reinforce his / her stressed behaviour. Instead, stay calm and "matter of fact" when dealing with a pet who is upset by loud noises.
- Feed your pet before the noise starts. A full tummy makes them more sleepy and helps them relax.
- 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.