We’ve all heard the horrors of little ones being in harm’s way, from minor tummy aches to more serious visits to the ER, due to unforeseen accidents. This year, let’s be mindful of our precious pups as we wrap our trees in tinsel and hang stockings on the mantel. Awareness of holiday hazards for dogs is a must when it comes to keeping our fur babies safe.
Sharing human food isn’t a good idea and your guests may not appreciate begging. Although it’s fun to have those furry bellies warming your feet under the table, it’s a good idea to put your pup in a comfy crate or separate area with a new chew toy during family meals to discourage begging behavior. Fatty foods don’t agree with your pet’s digestive system and should be watched closely when the feast begins.
CHOCOLATES AND CANDY:
It’s fairly common knowledge that chocolate isn’t good for dogs and its toxicity increases the darker and more bitter it is. It is always a good idea to keep chocolate and candy stashed away and a close eye on your children, reminding them not to share their human treats. It’s for their own good.
Ribbons and tinsel may look pretty under the tree, but to Lucky, it all looks like a fun new toy! Keep in mind while you are wrapping presents and decorating the home, that little hooks and nails are easily swallowed and glittery glue is easily mopped up with a paw, so keep everything neat and tidy as you create your heartwarming Christmas.
The holidays are made for sitting by a cozy fire but be sure to never leave a wood-burning fireplace unattended, as your curious canine may decide to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong. It just takes a spark to jump out and cinch the hairs on his chinny chin chin, so cover open fires with a screen and allow your babies to snuggle up and stay warm safely.
There is nothing like the intoxicating smell of a live Christmas tree but our pups’ safety comes first. Remember pine needles aren’t easily digested and can cause vomiting and diarrhea, so be sure to vacuum up fallen tree needles and cover it with a tree skirt, to keep pups from lapping up the basin’s water. You should also pay attention to the country of origin before buying a fake tree, as according to the National Christmas Tree Association, 85% of fake trees are imported from China, containing hazardous lead.
Poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe can also cause tummy upset and even kidney failure, so be sure to place them out of your pup’s reach, while you enjoy the sights and smells of the holiday season.