New Year’s Eve Pet Safety

2022 is on the way out! New Year’s Eve is undoubtedly one of the most festive nights of the year. However, for our furry companions, it’s also often one of the scariest. You’ll need to take a few precautions to keep your beloved pet safe and sound. Read on as a local Marietta, GA vet offers some advice on New Year’s Eve pet safety.


Don’t let your four-legged buddy have any alcohol. Even small amounts can affect Fido and Fluffy’s blood pressure, blood sugar, and temperature. Larger quantities—which for dogs and cats, isn’t very much at all—can lead to seizures and even respiratory distress.

Party Favors

Many typical party favors, such as silly string, confetti, whistles, and small noisemakers, are dangerous to playful pets. Keep these things out of paws’ reach!

Play Time

Make time for a fun play session. If you give Fido and Fluffy a good workout, they’ll (hopefully) be tired out after, which can help keep them calmer if/when things get loud.


Fireworks are pretty common on New Year’s Eve. The lights and noise terrify many pets, particularly dogs. When walking Fido, use a sturdy leash and keep a good grip on him. That way, if he gets spooked by a sudden noise, he’s less likely to break away from you. If your canine buddy has a yard to chase squirrels around in, bring him in before dark . Don’t leave your pooch outdoors unsupervised! As for Fluffy, just keep her indoors.

Safe Spaces

If you’re having people over, and/or expect your neighbors to get rowdy, put Fido and/or Fluffy in a quiet, comfy spot, such as a back room, with bedding, toys, and for pups, safe chews. Turn on a radio or TV to mask the noise.

Anxiety Busters

If your furry pal is naturally jumpy, you may want to look into calming products, such as pheromone products and, for dogs, calming shirts. Ask your vet for specific recommendations, and follow instructions to the letter.


Are you making resolutions this year? Why not include your four-legged friend? Whether it’s carving out more time for play, taking Fido on more walks, or just spending more time with your furry buddy, there are definitely great options.

All of us here at Smyrna Animal Hospital, your Marietta, GA veterinary clinic, wish you a wonderful new year. Contact us anytime!

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