You aren’t the only one who loves to celebrate! If you’re planning your New Year’s Eve festivities, why not plan to include your dog? Just keep in mind that some of the things you may enjoy on New Year’s are things your dog should generally stay away from, such as:

  • Alcohol – we know you wouldn’t serve this to your dog on purpose, but watch out for unattended glasses that curious pups might investigate.
  • Chocolate – this treat can make dogs sick, so keep it where only people can reach it.
  • Balloons and confetti – these items can become stuck in your dog’s throat or tummy if swallowed.
  • Noisemakers – horns and poppers can be scary for dogs – not exactly the fun holiday you want for your best friend!

Instead, focus on dog-friendly treats and activities. There are tons of different delicacies you can make or buy for your party. You can whip up a batch of doggie martinis or dog eggnog (dognog?). Or bake some “cookies” for your pal, such as these adorable Christmas-tree-shaped bites.

If you don’t want to cook, there are lots of cute holiday-themed dog treats available in stores to help you and your dog celebrate – and your dog won’t know the difference.

If you have friends with dogs who get along with your dog, make the evening extra fun by inviting them to bring their pets along to help your dog celebrate the New Year. Be sure to have plenty of toys on hand for fun and games, and have some fun human treats available for your guests as well – just keep them out of reach of the guests of honor.

With a little planning and creativity, New Year’s Eve can be just as fun for your dog as it is for you!

PS – we wish you and your pets a happy and wonderful 2017!

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