Keeping Your Dog Safe this New Years

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Keeping Your Dog Safe this New Years

by Grant Carroll

Every year on December 31st at midnight, the world pauses to welcome a new year. It?s a wonderful time for family and friends to gather and celebrate, and it?s even better if some of those family members are furry and four-legged. Amidst the partying, however, there are dangers for dogs that need to be avoided. Fireworks, large crowds and cold weather are some of the biggest dangers.

In many places, fireworks play a big role in ringing in the New Year, but this can be a big problem for pet owners. The loud noise can distress and disorient dogs. Try to imagine how you would feel hearing the usual sounds of a New Year?s party amplified through a dog?s keen ears. Many dogs that are not properly restrained have tried to run away and were hit by cars. The best way to prevent this tragedy is by keeping your pooch securely closed into a quiet room of your home during the loud parts of the celebration. It is also important not to let dogs near any area where fireworks are ignited. Careless mistakes setting off fireworks don?t just endanger human lives. For the pet owner, this part of New Year?s can still be enjoyed, but only with great responsibility towards their four-legged friend.

Another common site to bringing in the New Year is a large party. Letting a dog loose in a crowd may seem like fun, but it can be dangerous. People might step on the dog, especially if they have been drinking. Another possible danger is than party goers may unwittingly over-feed a dog as he goes around begging for food. This is a perfect recipe for one sick dog. Unsupervised children can also harm or agitate a dog while the adults aren?t paying attention. If the party is going to be large enough to cause these problems, it is safest to separate your dog until it?s over.

The cold weather commonly associated with this time of year can also be a danger to your furry friend. In many regions of the U.S. and world, temperatures drop far below freezing at this time of year. Even for a dog with fur, it?s way to cold to be outside without protection. If he does have to be outside for any reason, make sure to have warm dog clothes and boots on hand, and don?t let him stay outside for extended periods of time.

Grant Carroll proud father of four dogs and co-owner of with Pet Clothes.

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