While we celebrate the new year tonight, wise pet owners will keep an eye on their furry family members to keep their year ahead happy. Jackson Hole Radio Veterinary Correspondent Dr. Stephanie Ninnemann says emergency vet visits on New Year’s Eve climbs by 50% in some locations due to inadvertent poisonings.
“Alcohol is the big culprit that we see. Alcohol is toxic to dogs and cats. It is in the form of ethanol and depending upon the form of alcoholic beverage that is consumed, it can have 9 – 12 percent if it’s beer or wine, but 40 – 90 percent depending upon if it’s a harder liquor. We can see dogs and cats getting curious and looking into people’s purses or handbags where many people keep medications; most specifically Tylenol or any of those sorts of medications to preempt that New Year’s Day hangover can be something that looks tasty to a dog or a cat. Acemetacin, that active ingredient in Tylenol can be quite toxic to dogs and cats.”
Dr. Ninnemann also cautions that fireworks set off nearby can also spook animals, and they may take advantage of an open door from a guest coming or going to run away.