During all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season we must watch for the extra dangers it brings for our dogs. As the baking of goodies begin, holiday parties underway, and decorations going up many dangerous situations are created for our furry family members that many people are unaware of until it’s too late.
All the commotion and extra visitors can make our pets very uncomfortable. It is important to give them a lot of attention and try to keep normal routines as much as possible. If you have a fairly new pet or you’re doing any type of training it is important to continue being consistent with it, even when things get busy. This can be a good time to work on socialization with him if you will be having people over. You could even have your guests bring their dog with them as well. Allowing your dog to meet many different people and pets is a good habit to start as soon as you bring them home.
If you will be having a large party you may want to put your pet in a crate, bedroom or backyard to keep them safe. With all the commotion they can get out the front door, be fed by visitors, or get stepped on in all the commotion. While our visitors have great intentions some of the treats they try to give animals can make them very sick and in some cases even kill them. In these situations we are unable to watch every second so make it clear to them not to feed your pet.
Dangerous foods for your dog
- Chicken bones
- Grapes and raisins
- Macadamia nuts
- Xylitol (sweetener found in gum etc.)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, plum pits (not only choking hazards but poisonous if ingested)
- Spoiled food
- Yeast dough
If you think your pet has ingested anything dangerous you should contact the veterinarian immediately. Always watch for any signs of illnesses as they may ingest things we are unaware of also.
Other Holiday Precautions
- If you have a live Christmas tree, make sure to cover the water tray. The pine tree sap combined with water is toxic.
- Dogs may also try to mark the tree by urinating on it whether it’s live or artificial.
- Tinsel, ornament hooks, ribbon, etc. can cause serious issues if ingested. It may be a good idea to leave the bottom few inches of your tree undecorated.
- Secure the Christmas tree to the wall or ceiling with sturdy fishing line to keep it from tipping or falling over if the dog jumps on it.
- Keep holiday lights out of the dogs reach so they can’t chew on them or become entangled in the. Always unplug them when you’re not home. They make safety covers you can get for them.
- Keep candles out of reach
- Mistletoe berries and other popular holiday plants are poisonous to pets.
- Presents under the tree should not contain any food items. Their nose works really well and they will be unwrapping your presents.
Since our dog is part of the family hang a stocking for them too. You can also buy them pet friendly presents and wrap them. Just don’t give them to them or put them under the tree until you are ready for them to have them. They will love being part of Christmas morning.
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