New Year's Eve Pet Safety

2024 is almost here! This is an exciting time of year for humans, but it can be very scary for your pets. Check out these tips from the ASPCA Poison Control Center (APCC) to help you and your furry friends prepare for a fun, and safe, New Year's Eve!

Alcohol: New Year's Eve is one of the most popular holidays for pets to get into alcohol. Furry friends who ingest any amount of alcohol can be at risk for depression, unsteady walking, vomiting, and in extreme cases, a drop in blood pressure and temperature. Keep all adult beverages out of reach of your pets to avoid welcoming in the New Year in the vet's office.

Marijuana: Curious pets can easily sniff out edible forms of marijuana, such as chocolates or brownies. Ingestion of this drug can cause furry friends to become lethargic, unsteady, and can decrease their heart rate and temperature. In extreme cases, it can even cause seizures or death. If you think your pet has ingested any amount of marijuana, contact your veterinarian or the APCC immediately.

Fireworks: The loud sounds and bright lights that accompany fireworks can be very scary to furry friends. Make sure your animals have a safe and quiet space to spend the night and clean up all remnants of explosives, noisemakers, etc. to prevent any potential problems. to avoid panicking pets.

Identification: With all the hustle and bustle of New Year's Eve celebrations, it is easy for pets to escape and get lost. Be sure your animals have up-to-date ID tags and consider a microchip. The HSVC offers ID tags for $5 and performs microchipping for $25 including registration. If you are in need of this service, please call the Shelter at 805-646-6505 to schedule an appointment.

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