Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe During the Holidays

December 7th, 2017 by Marlene Ring

Picture1I love Christmas!!

Every year my home is ‘over the top’ decorated for the Holidays!!

The big QUESTION is:  Is my house safe for my dogs?

 

65362873_praznikDogs are fascinated by the smells and textures of all the new things that are now appearing all over the house.  This is normal curiosity.

 

Here are a Few Tips to Keep them Safe

15-holiday-disasterMake sure your tree is in a sturdy stand and attach it to a window or wall with a clear string.

Many years ago I had an adolescent Golden Retriever, he pulled the Christmas Tree over onto himself.

At this point I wasn’t concerned about many broken ornaments…my concern was my wonderful dog being traumatized.

He was fine, he moved very quickly and was only hit by part of the tree.

anchor-christmas-tree-to-wall-2It happens….so be prepared.

My tree is secured with a screw that has been placed on the side of my fireplace.

I also have other trees secured to air vents and curtain rods.

No one knows except me.

 

dog_giftLook at the round ornaments on your tree.

Do you think they look like a ball to your retriever?  Yes, it does!

The problem is the dog ingesting it, and ingesting things like ribbons, gift wrap, tree lights, or even chewing on those extra electrical cords we have everywhere during the holidays.

 

Remember one emergency trip to the veterinarian can ruin the Holiday Fun!

 

OS_RC_2351_WD_2Stay away from decorating with candy canes, pop corn or cranberry garlands on the tree.

The smells are just too tempting to your dog.

 

Leave the leftovers for the humans

pet-care_thanksgiving-safety-tips_main-imageRich fatty foods can cause stomach problems for your dog.

Caution guests about feeding your dog scraps from the table.

See my Blog on 8 Holiday Foods That are Dangerous for Your Dog

 

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Also don’t let Fido eat all of his treats or gifts on the same day.

Save some until later.

 

Management

9f3a2eb18a08d1a7dc9c13e9d54b2f8bUse a baby gate to keep your dogs out of the Christmas room when not being supervised, or put your dog in a crate.

Another idea is to put a play pen fence around the tree.

 

Affectionate couple with dog relaxing in living room with Christmas tree

Holidays can be hectic.

Don’t forget to relax and spend quality time with your dog.

 

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Finally, it is a good idea to keep your local veterinary emergency room phone number handy with driving directions to the location.

Be prepared…just in case.

Start building a better communication and relationship with your dog!