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Tips For Keeping Your Pet Safe During New Years Eve

New Year? Yes Please! 2020 has been quite a year and we're not sad to see it go. Have a safe, healthy and happy New Year!

Even though the holiday season may look different for everyone this year when it comes to traveling and having guests over, there still may be some small family get-togethers around the holiday festivities. We know that having other people in the home besides your immediate family can sometimes make your pets feel uncomfortable. It could also be the total opposite where your pet could get overstimulated from having guests over and may have trouble relaxing. Either way, having company can be a huge stressor on you and especially your fur family. If your pet struggles with situational anxiety from having company over, we’ve got some tips and tricks to make the evening as fun for your furry friends as it is for you!

Keep Your Pets Indoors: If you’re throwing a party or going out for the evening it might be tempting to put your pooch outside. However, fireworks and other loud noises can scare your dog and it might try to run away. Scared dogs have been known to even jump fences to get away, so it’s best to keep your pooch indoors. If your pet isn’t the biggest fan of noise or people they may be unfamiliar with, administering Pet Releaf CBD supplements for dogs may be useful! As CBD may help promote calmness and relaxation in pets, administering it before a big event like a holiday party could potentially help your dog or cat feel more comfortable around your holiday guests.

Remember: If you’re planning on having guests over, make sure that they watch the door as they come in and out of your home so that your furry family members don’t get out.

Update their tags: Make sure your animals have up-to-date information on their tags and microchips. The tag should include the pet’s name, the owner’s name and a phone number. The information on these tags is critical for reuniting pets and their owners, should they become separated from you.

Create a cozy spot: If your pet is skittish around new people or just isn’t a fan of having humans in their business, it may be best to create a comfortable area just for them! Creating a quiet, cozy spot for them to rest away from people just may help your pet feel safer in their own home. We’d recommend their favorite dog bed along with some blankets and their favorite toys. Plus, playing some relaxing background music could help distract your pet from the commotion at the dining room table.

Remember: To deter your pet from begging at the table, try giving your pet a puzzle toy while you and your guests are eating your holiday feast. We have 4 Kong Recipes Featuring Pet Releaf Hemp Oil to help keep your dog calm as well as occupied while your guests are over!

More exercise & earlier: If your pet is the opposite of anxious when they’re around guests and gets way too excited with new people around, you may want to consider getting your pet’s daily exercise out of the way before company comes over. This way you can tire out your dog before any company arrives at your door!

Remember: Chatty guests, fireworks, noisemakers, and popping champagne all make a party great, but the noise can also cause anxiety for your pet. Keep your pet in a room away from all the commotion. We suggest administering your pet’s CBD supplements about an hour or so before the festivities begin, so it has time to take effect.

Pet-Friendly Foods Only: Many of us make resolutions to be healthier in the New Year, but when it comes to your pet, it’s best not to wait. Speaking of potentially harmful foods around the holidays, it’s also important to make sure your holiday company is all on the same page when it comes to feeding your pets. We recommend making a disclaimer to your guests about not feeding your pets human food to avoid any poisonous foods entering your pet’s body. As turkey is usually a main dish around the holidays, it’s vital that your pet does not get fed any as turkey could be extremely harmful for pets.

Remember: Avoid feeding your pet too many table scraps, and avoid foods that can be poisonous like alcohol, chocolate or xylitol (a sweetener).

Be Careful With Decorations: Decorations like confetti can be a fun addition to your party, but your pet might think they’re a snack. Keep decorations away from your pets to avoid a potential trip to the veterinary clinic. If you think the years fly by quickly, try being a cat or dog! Then again, they don't really understand the concept of a New Year's Eve celebration. When you celebrate tonight, please think about things from their perspective and make the night safe and stress-free for your pets as possible.

Thank you for all of your continued support in 2020, and we would like to wish you a happy and healthy New Year! 

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