Christmas Safety Tips for Your Dog

Several of the plants commonly purchased as decorations during the Christmas season are poisonous to pets and children, for example poinsettias and mistletoe. Choose a non-poisonous plant instead. The ASPCA has a listing of poisonous plants and non-poisonous alternatives.

Be wary of tinsel, lights, bulbs, and many other decorations on Christmas trees. These decorations are pretty and festive, but can be dangerous to your pet. Keep ornaments out of your dog’s reach. What looks like a fun toy may be disastrous if swallowed or chewed and result in serious damage to your pet’s digestive systems.

Christmas is the time of year when we have our family and friends over for holiday festivities. Lots of people, strange smells, and loud noises can spook even the calmest of dogs. It may be a good idea to keep your dog away from the party-goers and occupied with a long lasting chew or toy.

While you may enjoy the holiday candies, treats and drinks be sure to keep them away from your pets. Do not reward your dog’s cuteness by giving him/her a tummy ache. Many holiday treats involve chocolate and while chocolate is wonderful, it also contains an ingredient called theobromine. Theobromine is lethal to dogs, and the darker the chocolate, the more theobromine it contains. Also keep an eye on those candy wrappers. They smell like the treat they once contained and can be harmful if swallowed. Be strong, if you want to give your pet a sweet treat, offer your pet one of his/her favorite dog treats.

Sweets are not the only thing to avoid feeding your dog. Steer clear of giving your pet table scraps too. Dogs only require so much food each day and human food is not designed for your dog. Just like with sweets your food can cause problems to their digestive tract. You will especially want to avoid giving your dog bones from the table; they can break into sharp splinters and cause serious health problems, and sometimes death.

If you intend on traveling this holiday season and plan on bringing your dog, make sure your friends or family do not

mind. Some people are frightened of dogs, and it may be best to leave your dog with a friend. If you cannot find a friend to watch your dog you could board your dog or hire a pet sitter.
If you burn candles during the holidays remember that they can pose a fire-risk, especially if they get knocked over by a curious cat or a wagging tail.

If you are thinking about getting a pet for Christmas, I suggest adopting one from your local animal shelter. There are many wonderful dogs and cats waiting to find their forever home. Both of mine, Rusty and Sadie came from our local shelter.

Kelley Denz helps pet parents take care of their cherished family member, pampered pooch by delivering up to date information, quality toys and holistic treats and food. Visit her website http://www.CritterMinute.com for Fun, Helpful Tips for Dog Lovers

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