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Ready for the Boom? Your Pets Aren’t

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on December 27, 2018 21:21

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Maybe you are ready to celebrate the ringing in of the New Year. Don't forget to help your pet start 2019 off right, too.

Growing up in Hawaii, the experience of fireworks for New Years is second only to Chinese New Years. It’s loud, there’s a lot is smoke, and sulfur fills your sinuses for days.

 Laws try to limit the use of fireworks but the reality is this is a custom that people won’t give up. It’s like telling Hawaiians they can no longer vacation in Las Vegas - just not going to happen.

As a pet safety advocate, I can tell you that the only reason I get anxious about the fireworks is because of our four-legged pals. More dogs and cats are lost every year when fireworks come to town. And they are about to.

With a few days left before it gets really crazy, think about your plans and what needs to happen to keep your dog or cat safe. Many people don’t even stay home for New Years, so planning ahead starts the New Year right - pets at home not lost or worst.

Here are a few tips to help:

- Check with your vet about Valium or other sedatives. Make sure your dog is healthy for sedatives, get the right dose and give it early enough so they sleep before they go nuts

- Ask about Benadryl if you can’t get a prescription in time or your pet isn’t a good candidate for sedatives. Your vet can give you the proper dosage if it’s an appropriate course of action - no prescription needed

- Set a safe spot in the house if your pet will stay inside. Put his favorite cuddling items with him and turn on music or the tv. Mine loves watching The Lion King - he has high hopes of roaring one day

- Secure all outside gates if your dog is outside. Loose latches seem to find their way open during fireworks more than at any other time

- Try a ThunderShirt. These help reduce anxiety and calm your dog during the chaos

- Stay home and celebrate with a movie and a dog biscuit. Nothing is more soothing to your dog than you. Hide under the covers together.

And as Pet Health and Longevity Expert, Lauriston Crockett points out, "Please remember to put up the adult drinks in your home because we don’t want our pets getting into alcohol. The last thing we need is a trip to the vet to start off the new year."  

The boom is about to come. Embrace it and be prepared. Your pets are relying on you.

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on December 27, 2018 21:21

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Source: News 3 LV

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