Happy New Year's Eve! Before you pop that bubbly open, remember this:
1. Most dogs are terrified of loud, sudden noises like fireworks, and their hearing is sensitive so if you're having a party (and we bet you throw a good one), consider keeping your pup somewhere else she feels safe for the night, or moving the party elsewhere. Just shoving her in a back room all night may just make her that much more anxious.
2. Remember to keep human food and booze away from your pup -- it ain't his friend either.
3. Keep party supplies like balloons and streamers and noisemakers away.
4. If you are having a party, make a safe spot for your pup, like a quiet room or his crate with a well-loved blanket or toy that he can retreat to if things get crazy. Warn guests not to give him any food or treats that aren't good for him.
5. Make sure your pup gets plenty of exercise early in the day so you can keep her inside at night, away from the craziness and noise.
6. Microchips and ID tags -- use 'em and make sure they're up to date in case your pup gets spooked and makes a run for it, or in case he gets out and gets lost. Believe it or not, this holiday is a big one for lost pets.
7. If you're gonna be out for the evening or night, consider hiring a pet-sitter or asking a familiar friend to be at home with your pet in order to provide a sense of safety and comfort when those fireworks start going off.
8. And YOU, human -- be safe, have fun, and Happy New Year!