Plan a Pet-Safe Holiday Party

The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities, including holiday parties. Here are some tips to help make sure your pet will enjoy the celebration as well:

  • Exercise Away Friskiness – Tiring out your pets with a long walk or game of fetch is a great way to keep them calm when guests arrive.
  • House Rules – If your animal-loving guests would like to give your pets a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.
  • Put the Meds Away – Make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors, and be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away, too.
  • Platter for the Pets – Keep some of your pet’s treats around to help cut down on their temptation to go after food put out specifically for your guests.
  • A Room of Their Own – Give your pet his own quiet space to retreat to—complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrier/crate or in a separate room away from the hubbub.
  • New Year’s Noise – As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can get lodged in a cat’s intestines, if ingested, perhaps necessitating surgery. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. And remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe, escape-proof area as midnight approaches.