Our dogs are a part of our family, but during the holiday season you need to be extra careful that our furry companions stay safe and well at home. The holiday season is filled with excitement and fun, but it can be a stressful and dangerous time for dogs. So here are some tips to help you enjoy the season and keep your dog safe!
- Avoid Poisonous and Dangerous Plants. Dogs are naturally curious so it is best to keep traditonal holiday plants out of reach. Holiday plants like mistletoe, holly, or poinsettias that are ingested by your dog can lead to oral irritation, vomiting and/or diarrhea.
- Pet Proof your Christmas Tree. Don't let your dog near the tree. Your pet's natural curiosity could lead him or her to the holiday tree where they could have access to tinsel, ornaments, and lights that they're likely to chew on. Although not toxic to dogs, these decorations can cause an intestinal blockage if swallowed. Securely anchor the holiday tree, keep ornaments high, keep tinsel/ribbon out of reach, and don't leave gifts unattended.
- Be Aware of Electrical Cords. Use electrical cord covers and cord organizers to prevent your dog from chewing electrical cords. Take precaution and avoid electrocution.
- Don't Feed your Dog Holiday Leftovers. Most holiday foods are not safe for your dog so keep them out of reach and guard the trash can. Keep sweets and alcohol out of reach. Get your dog some of their own Holiday Dog Treats to enjoy.
- Provide a Safe Place for your Dog. With so much excitement and fun going on, your dog may act different because of the chaos. Providing a safe space for your dog with a comforatble bed, their favorite toys, treats, food, and water can help relieve some of their anxiety or stress during this time.
- Comfortable Dog Christmas Sweaters. Make sure your dog is comfortable in their holiday attire. If your dog doesn’t enjoy dressing up, it’s best to let them be themselves over the holidays.
- Get your dog tired before guests arrive. You can reduce your dog's stress by taking them out on a walk, playing their favorite game, or doing their favorite activity before the guests arrive. Keep your dog's exercise schedule as normal as possible to prevent anxiety and misbehavior.
- Make sure your dog has an updated ID dog tag. Make sure your dog is away from the door so they won't get out and inform your guests to keep an eye out for your dog if they leave or enter the house. Just in case your dog gets out, make sure they have an updated ID dog tag.
- Prepare for travel with your dog. Take special precautions when traveling with your dog no matter how you choose to travel. It is best to consult with your veterinarian about how to properly prepare for a trip.
- Blow out candles. We love the holiday glow of candle but make sure to keep it out of reach or just blow it out. Don't keep it unattended.
We wish you a very Happy Holiday Season! Remember to give your dog lots of love and enjoy every moment.