New Years Eve Pet Safety Tips

Pet safety tips for new years eve

With Christmas over and still reeling from the over indulgence we or about to have more festivities on New Years Eve. Whilst we are enjoying ourselves we must be aware that our furry friends are not going to be enjoying it like us. With the possibility of strangers visiting again, noisy music and fireworks, our pets are likely to be scared or try to run away. In fact, Dog shelters report that they see an increased number of lost Dogs over the New Year period. Therefore, I have compiled my top tips for keeping your pet safe on New Years Eve.

pet safety tips for new years eve

Safest Indoors

It is always best to keep your loved one’s indoors. It will be quieter and a place they feel safe. If you are having friends around keep them in a comfortable place with their blankets and toys etc. If they are sociable let them interact with your guests but tell your guests not to feed them food or alcohol. This may seem obvious but some people may not understand this. Ensure they have plenty of their proper food and water. If you are alone but near fireworks it’s always good to cuddle up to them on the sofa, keep the windows and curtains closed, and have the TV on. Try not to react to the sound of fireworks and comfort them as much as possible if you feel they are wary.

Food and Water

Make sure your furry friends have good access to plenty of food and water. Try to keep their routine as normal as possible so that your Dog feels as if nothing is about to happen and that it is a normal day. This will ensure he feels secure and less likely to get scared and run off if he hears some strange noises.

Lots of Walks and Playtime

During the day why not take them for a long walks and play with them more than ever. This will tire them our and all they will want to do during the evening is relax and sleep. Try to keep them busy with toys or games. If he has a new toy he is more likely to find that interesting than what is going on around him. If you know there are going to be loud fireworks near you make sure they have been out and done their business before it all kicks off.

Beware of Alcoholic Beverages

It is not rocket science that you shouldn’t feel your Dog alcohol but some people might not realise this especially if they are guests and not Dog owners. To some seeing your Dog drunk might be funny but you are actually poisoning him and this can have serious repercussions. Also, your Dog might find the smell of alcohol appealing so make sure all drinks are kept well our of their way

Watch Out For Fatty Foods

This is very similar to the alcohol side of things. Food is always attractive to Dogs but fatty foods can make them seriously ill. Ham, beef, chicken and bones all have high levels of fat that your loved one’s will find attractive to eat. Eating these can cause vomiting, diarrhoea and bloating. chicken bones can be especially dangerous as they have been known to splinter and get stuck in the intestines. This can cause blockages or internal bleeding which will require surgery. This would be hardly the ending you want for the New Year.

Beware of Party Poppers and Decorations

New Year’s Eve parties usually include party poppers, streamers, balloons and noisy horns etc. The party poppers are likely to scare the hell out of any Dog and those noisy blaring horns will have them looking for shelter quicker than you can say Happy New Year. Think about these things if you are having a party. Also, discarded poppers and streamers will seem strange to them. Don’t let them pick them up and chew on them just in case they swallow them and cause internal problems as with chicken bones.


As mentioned before, protect your loved one’s from the sound of fireworks. If you happen to live in a crowded place, like I do, the fireworks go on for hours. You must do your utmost to protect your Dog and any other pets from the loud noise. The constant banging will cause stress and anxiety. I for one will be spending New Years Eve on the sofa, with all windows and curtains drawn, and the TV slightly louder than normal. Both my Dog’s will be sat either side of me and I will be doing my best to keep them comfortable and stress free.

Go Away For The Evening

Why not get away for the night? There are plenty of Pet Friendly hotels offering accommodation for the New Year. A nice trip to the coast somewhere quiet will not only be nice for you but also for your pet’s. Why not have a look on and see what they have to offer.

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Pet Friendly Hotels

Holistic Calming Therapies and Medications

If you feel your Dog is going to have a terrible evening and there is nothing you can do to prevent this why not try some holistic calming therapies. There are many tried and tested available on that will deliver before New Year’s Eve. Lemon balm, chamomile, lavender and valerian are all natural herbs that can be safely added to your Dogs food to relax them and make them feel more secure.

If you are really concerned you can also speak top your vet. There are several anti-anxiety medications available. Benzodiazepines can be taken on an as needed basis and others available over the counter are diphenhydramine and benadryl. These can also be effective.

However, do not give your Dog any medication with speaking to your vet first.

Check out some of the available therapies available on


We will soon be coming to the end of the festive season and New Yer’s Eve is usually the loudest of the events. I hope everyone has a fantastic New Year. Please think about our loved one’s who do not understand what is going on. Keep them safe as at the end of the day, they are also our family and need as much love and happiness as we all do.

Happy New Year everyone


pet safety tips for new years eve

Foods That Dogs Should Avoid

Foods That Dogs Should Avoid

Christmas is almost upon us and as we all get carried away with the festivities we must remember our furry best friends. If food and drink looks attractive to us then you can pretty much be sure it will look great to your Dog. With lots of different smells and an abundance of food your Dog is likely to feel like a kid in a candy store. However, this can be very dangerous for your loved one and the potential to poison and injure your Dog is massive.

I do not want to take away the joy of Christmas, but want to make sure everyone is aware of the foods that dogs should avoid over Christmas.

Turkey Bones

We all see pictures of Dogs chewing happily away on bones and it is a common belief that all bones are good for Dogs. Yes, a lot are and there is nothing wrong with a nice leg of lamb bane or a knuckle from a pork joint. Unfortunately Turkey and Chicken bones, once cooked, become brittle and easily splinter. The larger bones can become a choking hazard and the smaller ones and splinters can irritate the gut or in worse situations get stuck in the gut.

Foods That Dogs Should Avoid

Stuffing and Bread Sauce

A Christmas Dinner would not be complete without your sage and onion stuffing and bread sauce. Unfortunately as lovely as it is for us it can be deadly for Dogs. The stuffing contains onions, garlic, shallots, leeks and scallions, bread sauce contains onions. These all belong to the Allium family and are all toxic to your Dog. If digested the compounds damage the oxygen-carrying substances found in red blood cells called hemoglobin. The damage can cause anemia and in severe cases can lead to organ damage, organ failure or even death.


If dogs drink alcohol they react very similarly to humans. They will become unsteady on their feet and seem drowsy, but at a much faster rate than us humans. The ethanol in the alcohol hits animals at a far quicker rate than us. A Dog’s kidneys and liver are not designed to filter or process alcohol. Drinking alcohol can be so severe in Dogs that it could lead to seizures and heart failure.

Food That Dogs Should Avoid

Top tip, don’t leave your Christmas drinks on the floor, as your best friend may want to join in the festivities, drink your beer, and become very sick.

Blue Cheese

Stilton, Roquefort and other blue cheeses contain a substance called roquefortine C. This is produced by the fungus that is used to make blue cheese. It seems that Dogs are very sensitive to this and it can cause muscle tremors, vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperatures and in extreme cases seizures.

Food That Dogs Should Avoid


Dogs can have some nuts like peanuts, cashews and almonds. However, never give them chocolate covered nuts as they chocolate is poisonous. Nuts to stay well clear of are high fat nuts like macadamia nuts and black walnuts. These can cause weakness, lethargy, tremors, vomiting and an increased blood temperature. Also, peanut butter should be avoided as it contains artificial sweetener than can cause liver failure.

Food That Dogs Should Avoid


Minced Pies, Christmas Cake and Puddings

All of these contain raisins, sultanas and currants. Although it is a well-known fact they cause a toxic reaction it is not known why they cause this. It is important to note that even a small amount of grapes and raisins can prove to be fatal for your Dog. The symptoms for grape or raisin poisoning include vomiting or diarrhoea, loss of appetite, lethargy, abdominal pain, dehydration, foul breath, ulcers, tremors, seizures and finally coma.

Food That Dogs Should Avoid



Keep your Christmas fruit bowls and cheese and grapes well out of reach from your loved ones.


This is one of the most plentiful foodstuffs around at Christmas and also one of the most deadly. From tins lying around the house, for people to help themselves, to decorations on a Christmas tee, you must make sure they are all out of reach of your Dogs. Remember chocolates under the Christmas tree, just because they are wrapped it doesn’t mean your Dog can’t smell them. If your dog decides to eat your chocolate presents, other fatal conditions could occur, like wrappers lodged or stuck in his gut.


Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine which is poisonous to dogs, cats, rabbits and other rodents. The general rule of thumb is that the darker the chocolate the more theobromine it contains. White chocolate contains very little thoebromine so is unlikely to cause poisoning. However, it is very fatty, and can still make your Dog ill.

Chocolate can initially cause vomiting and diarrhoea which can then develop into muscle twitching, tremors and then fits and life threatening heart conditions.

Rich Fatty Foods

There are many rich or fatty foods that are abundant over Christmas. Too much for us can cause us to become bloated and for us to become uncomfortable. WeFood That Dogs Should Avoid should know when to stop eating these foods but we often don’t. Just think how your Dog will feel if he is given a free rein to eat what he likes. He will over indulge and make himself very poorly.


Well I hope everyone is looking forward to their festive time and you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year. Please bear in mind our furry friends and do not let them come to harm. Whether it be the food we are eating or the drinks we are drinking make sure our loved ones do not have access to anything that could make them ill. A visit to the vet over Christmas is not a planned or pleasant part of the Christmas festivities.

If you require any information on nutrition and diet for your Dog have a ;look at these best sellers on

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All the Best over the Christmas


Dog Fundraising Event

Hudson and Nelly

Hi everyone,

I want to say a big thank you to Angelique at Pause & Pose Photography who  organised a Charity Fundraising Event for The Animals In Need Foundation. 

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Pause & Pose Photography


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I believe she deserves a medal purely for having the patience to sit all the Dogs down to photograph them. How on earth she managed to get a photo of Nelly sitting down I will never know. Well done Angelique and please see the fabulous pictures below.


Nelly Posing
Hudson as Cool as Ever !!


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If anyone has any updates on how much money was made for The Animals In Need Foundation or would like to send some of their pictures please feel free to comment or send the piccies.

All the Best








Christmas With Your Dog

Christmas with your Dog

It’s that time of year when we all get festive and want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas. There are office parties, kiddies parties and all sorts of wonderful events happening. Outside, we have Christmas Lights, Carol Singers and Christmas Markets. There is shopping to do and of course the buying of presents.

Christmas with your Dog

Just because we are going to be busy, busy, over the festive period it, doesn’t mean your furry friend should miss out. In fact, it’s his Christmas as much as yours, so you should be enjoying it together. I have therefore put together my top 10 tips on celebrating Christmas with your Dog.

Include Your Dog in Your Christmas Outings

Whether you are shopping in the Hight Street, or stomping through the fields looking for a real Christmas Tree, take your furry friend with you. Dogs love nothing more than being outside and being with you. When my wife and I are shopping in town we always take our little one’s with us. If shops do not allow Dogs, then you can take it in turns to stay outside. It really isn’t a sacrifice and your Dog will be far happier than being stuck at home waiting for your return.

Get Silly and Dress Them Up

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea but dressing your Dog up certainly brings a smile to most peoples faces. There are hundreds of outfits you can buy which will make cracking photos of your festive season. Below you will see a picture of my Nessa who unfortunately passed away a few years ago. This photo brings back so many happy memories which makes it completely worth it. I know she looks grumpy in the photo but she really was such a happy Dog.

Christmas with your Dog
Our Nessa full of Christmas Joy !!!

Always remember how to choose outfits for your Dog. Make sure they are a good fit and they don’t get stressed out wearing them. They should not be wearing it for too long anyway. For further info and fitting please check my previous article at  Do Dogs Need to Wear Coats and jumpers?

Christmas with your Dog

Go Christmas Caroling

If you are lucky enough to be able to go Christmas Caroling then when not take your best friend with you? Just think of the entertainment value !!! I’m sure my Hudson would love it, but little Nelly would be an absolute nightmare. Her yapping is enough to put any seasoned carol Singer in their place. However, she does sound better than me lol.

On the serious side, if you are out in colder climates in the evening don’t forget that its not only your warmth you need to think about but your Dogs too. The above link applies as well.

Bake Some Doggy Christmas Treats

There’s nothing better than a warm kitchen with the aroma of baked goodies. (Even if it is liver treats for your loved one’s ha-ha). It is much more fun baking your own treats than buying them off the shelf. However, if you haven’t the time then off the shelf will still keep your furry friend happy. At the end of the day it is Christmas and he deserves it.

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Pre Christmas Run Around

If you are having visitors over or are going visiting then make sure your Christmas pooch has had plenty of exercise. After you have opened all your presents, and your furry friend has run amok in the hoards of wrapping paper, take him outside for some more Christmas mayhem. Play fetch or have a good run around. Your visitors will appreciate it more if he is relaxed, and not running around the house like a maniac because of the intrusion.

Sleep Time

It can be very exciting for your Dog on Christmas day. With all the hustle and bustle of opening presents, going for a run around, having visitors and skillfully begging scraps of Turkey, it can all be too overwhelming for him. Some Dogs can keep going all day, but many will need a place to have a lie down and a rest. If your house is full of people, make sure there is an area put aside with his food, water and bed, so that he can get away from it all and have a well deserved Christmas nap.

Buy Some Christmas Gifts For You Best Friend

If you are anything like us then you will spend more time with your furry friend than you do anyone else. Surely then they should receive gifts from us to show them we care !!! It takes a Dog takes quite some time to grow to love a person and to trust them 100%. Surely that should be celebrated. Anyway, since your last Christmas shopping spree I’m sure their toys are starting to look a bit rough round the edges or they have lost their squeak lol. Go on. TREAT Them.

Christmas with your Dog

Christmas Dangers

We all want to enjoy ourselves over Christmas but we must be aware of the dangers that are ever present. That last thing we need is our loved one to get hurt or injured over the festive period. Here is a guide to some dangers:

  • Christmas Dinner – I know it’s Christmas and our furry friends deserve a treat, but too much can seriously injure them. Remember, during the rest of the year your Dog is on quite a controlled diet. Whether it’s too many home baked, or bought treats, these can really upset their digestive system. If everyone is sat around the table is dropping Turkey tit bits then this over indulgence can really make them sick. Just use common sense and keep an eye on them AND your guests !!!!
  • Poisons – There is a vast array of food and drinks that can poison your Dog. These are certainly in abundance at Christmas time. For example: Chocolate, Raisins, Holly and Ivy in decorations, Alcohol, Batteries (God forbid your loved one swallows one), Unbaked bread dough, Coffee, Blue Cheese, Garlic chives and onion found in stuffing, and Macadamia nuts.
  • Snow Globes – Some imported versions can contain antifreeze. Deadly to Dogs, Cats and us.
  • Candles – Yes they are very pretty and make a nice and cosy atmosphere but can also be deadly. If you leave candles on in an unoccupied room your Dog could brush against them and knock them over. Also, if they are inquisitive they could burn their nose or burn their paws.
  • Fairy lights and Tinsel – Dogs are very curious, so be careful if they go anywhere near the Christmas decorations. A chew through the fairy lights will electrocute them, and a swallowed piece of tinsel can cause a serious blockage in your Dog’s stomach.


It is only a few weeks until Christmas, and most people are already making plans, and getting ready for the festive period. I hope you have enjoyed my article on how to enjoy Christmas with your Dog. Common sense goes a long way to helping your enjoy the festive season, and I hope none of the dangers I have mentioned raise their ugly heads and spoil your special time.

Now is also a great time for Shopping. Black Friday starts tomorrow at where you can but lots of great presents, not only for your furry best friend but for your family and friends too.

Please see below some best Christmas dog gifts I have sourced from

Also, does anyone remember my Post regarding or Well if you do you will know you can save a fortune by checking out deals on both sites.

Therefore below we also have some deals too to wet your appetite.

Alternatively why not take them away for a festive break care of There are plenty of Christmas bargains to be had there too.

Some deals:

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I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and as always please feel free to leave any tips or comments below.



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Here is the photo I shall be entering into the competition. I would really love to see what you will be entering.

My Grumpy Nessa








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