Holidays are here and the season of festivities, fun, and laughter is in full swing. While we are busy decorating our homes, inviting family and friends over or going out for parties, our pets are at home wondering why we do this year after year. Not only do they wonder, they can also get into a lot of trouble with our decorations. However, they don’t have to be in danger with a few holiday safety tips your dogs can be safe and sound.
- Choose Decorations Wisely: Low hanging decorations and tinsel may be too tempting for your pets to avoid. And the same goes for cranberry or popcorn strands. All of these are easy for pets to ingest; shards and strings can cut or tangle and wreak havoc on their insides.
- Secure the Tree and other Displays: An excited tail or curious nose can easily knock over trees or large displays and could easily harm your dog ( not to mention break your favorite decorations). Also, if you have a live tree, try and block the water with gifts as soon as you can so that they aren’t tempted to drink the water.
- Holiday Plants to Avoid: Mistletoe, lilies, poinsettias, and holly are all toxic to pets. Ingesting any of these plants can cause vomiting, diarrhea, breathing problems, any of which could lead you to the ER. If you can’t do without your favorite holiday foliage opt for the synthetic versions.
- Treat Temptations: It’s easy to want to share our special and delicious Christmas goodies with our dogs, but their digestive systems may not be able to hand the decadent treats. Advised guests to resist the pleading eyes and have dog digestive friendly treats available.
- Safe Havens: If you’re having a party or even just a small get together it’s a good idea to set up a special area for your dog. A bed, blankets, toys and a radio or TV to drown out the noise will help them stay calm and safe from the activity in the house.
This is the season for more joy and less worry. With a little extra thought and care, you can ensure your dog’s safety and your peace of mind.