28 November 2015

Holiday Safety and Your Pet

It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the holidays, but you mustn’t let the excitement lead to danger for your dog. There are a lot of things that can hurt your pooch during the holiday season. Here are some of the things you need to watch out for in order to keep your pet safe.

Holiday decorations

Dogs love chewing on things, and your tree full of shiny ornaments and crunchy candy canes may prove too much to resist. Keep breakable ornaments up high, away from your dog’s swinging tail. If they break, your pooch could step on the broken glass and injure himself badly.

Never leave lit candles where a curious dog could knock them over. They could accidentally start a fire or hurt themselves. Consider using battery powered candles instead.

If you’re using a real tree, never let your dog drink the water from the base. It could be filled with bacteria and mold that can make your dog very sick. If you use real poinsettias and mistletoe, keep those away from your dog, too. They can make your dog extremely sick if he chews on them or eats them.

Holiday guests

Make sure your guests know what they can and can’t feed your pup. It’s tempting to feed them snacks off your own plate, but some holiday foods aren’t good for dogs. Limit the ‘treats’ and lavish plenty of attention on your pet instead.

Remind guests that they are in your pet’s home, and he may feel defensive about his territory. If your pet is anxious or nervous around your guests, put him in a quiet room with a favorite toy or treat until things have calmed down.

If you put your pet outside when guests arrive, make sure you provide a warm place for him to stay and limit his outside exposure in very cold weather.

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