It’s that time of year again, and we are here to give you some tips to help your dog stay safe when there is a lot of commotion.
Be sure to keep all decorations out of reach of your dog. If they are breakable or have sharp edges, make sure they are kept on high shelves and tables.
Also, don’t leave any wrapping paper lying around. The shiny paper can be very tempting to chew and play with, but it can be a choking hazard if ingested.
Remember to keep the tree secure! Be sure that you have a sturdy tree stand with a wide base so it won’t tip over if bumped into. And don’t leave the presents under the tree until the last minute. Many dogs think that’s their job – to unwrap them!
The holidays are a time for family, food and fun. But without proper precautions, the holidays can be stressful for your dog and even dangerous. Here are the top five things to keep in mind as you prepare your home for the holidays:
Keep Your Dog Away From Human Food: It’s tempting to share holiday treats with your dog, but make sure to keep the human food out of reach. Your dog can easily get sick from consuming chocolate and fatty foods. Even bones from your holiday turkey or ham can splinter and cause choking or internal damage.
Keep Your Dog Away From Toxic Plants: If you plan on decorating with live plants, make sure they’re not toxic to dogs. Holly and mistletoe can be poisonous if ingested. The exterior of poinsettias are also harmful to dogs, although not lethal. Keep these plants out of reach and discourage your guests from sharing them with your four-legged friends.
Secure Your Christmas Tree: If you use a live tree during the holidays, make sure it’s anchored properly so even curious pups won’t knock it over. Also, place any presents under the tree out of reach so Fido doesn’t get into them before Christmas morning! Additionally, make sure that glass ornaments aren
As the holidays rapidly approach, it’s very important to remember that our dogs may be a bit stressed or anxious with all of the extra food, guests, and activity that can happen at this time of year. Here are our top 5 tips for making sure your dog is safe and happy through the holidays.
1. Always make sure you have a quiet place for your dog to go when they are feeling overwhelmed. This could be their kennel, or a small room or area of your home where they can retreat if things get too crazy for them. You might want to put a small sign on the door so that people know not to bother your dog when he is in his quiet place.
2. If you host holiday events at your home, put away anything you don’t want chewed up or eaten while you are busy entertaining your guests. Things like shoes, socks, kids’ toys, gloves and scarves should definitely be kept out of reach.
3. Make sure your dog gets plenty of exercise before holiday gatherings start so he is less likely to get into trouble because he’s bored or restless.
4. If your dog usually eats on a schedule and may feel anxious about missing meals during holiday events and parties, consider feeding him
The holidays are a great time to celebrate with family and friends, but for your dog, it can be a stressful time. Here are our top five tips for helping your pet stay safe during the holidays:
1. Keep the tree stable and away from foot traffic if possible. Consider using a tree collar or placing your tree in the corner of a room to keep it from falling over if your pet bumps into it.
2. Watch out for loose electrical cords and keep them out of reach. In addition to being a potential strangulation hazard, chewed electrical cords can deliver a painful shock to your pet’s mouth and potentially lead to burns or even death.
3. Keep tinsel, ribbon, and other small decorative items out of reach. Pets love to play with these items, but they can get tangled in their intestines and cause severe damage that often requires surgery to remove. If you have cats, tinsel is especially dangerous; if cats ingest it, it can attach itself like a fishhook to their stomachs and intestines, causing serious damage on its way through their GI tract!
4. Avoid buying decorations that look or smell like food items (like chocolate Santas). A hungry pet may try to eat them as “people food” and could
You’ve planned a holiday party for all your friends and family to enjoy, you’ve invited the guests, and you’re ready for a great time. But, have you thought about how these changes in routine will affect your dog?
Dogs are creatures of habit, so any changes can be stressful. We’ve put together some tips to help you prepare your home for the holidays and make sure your dog stays comfortable, safe, and happy while everyone enjoys the festivities.
1. Keep Dog Toys Out of Reach:
Holiday decorations are fun — don’t forget to pick up some toys and treats that are festive! But, they can also be dangerous if left out where dogs (and kids) can get them. Keep these items out of reach so your dog doesn’t accidentally ingest something that can make them sick.
2. Don’t Overfeed Your Dog:
The holidays are all about food, but it’s important to watch what your dog eats as well. You know not to feed them anything with chocolate or xylitol, but there are plenty of human foods that are perfectly fine for dogs! Just remember not to overfeed them or give them too much fatty foods; this can lead to indigestion or even pancreatitis in some cases.
1. Keep Your Dog in a Safe, Quiet Room
Whether you have guests over for a party or you’re just preparing for the holiday season, keep your dog in a safe, quiet room away from the commotion. This will help your dog feel more secure and less anxious. Closing the door to your dog’s special room can help keep out the noise and distraction. Make sure to put up a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door so that guests know not to enter the area.
2. Provide Your Dog with a Special Toy
Your dog may be less anxious if you provide him with a toy or something else to do while he is in his room. Many dogs are comforted by chew toys, such as rawhides or Nylabones®, while others may enjoy Kong® toys stuffed with peanut butter or Kong treats®.
3. Take Your Dog Out for Regular Walks
Help your pup release some of his energy by taking him out for regular walks throughout the day. You can also play games with him in your yard if he has one available or take him to an off-leash dog park where he can run around and play with other dogs.
4. Exercise Your Dog Before Guests Ar
1. Let’s start out with the big stuff, shall we? If you have a glass door on your deck, consider putting up some opaque film over it, especially if your dog tends to zoom around and may run into it. Also, if you have a screen door that leads outside, double check the screen to be sure there are no holes in it. It’s important to keep the door closed at all times.
2. Check your tree for any sharp glass or metal ornament hangers that could potentially fall off and cause injury to your pet. Choose more break-resistant ornaments and hooks as needed.
3. If you’re using a live Christmas tree, make sure it’s not within close proximity to a heat source like a radiator or fireplace – otherwise your tree may dry out much quicker than normal and pose a fire hazard. Place an ice-melt tray beneath the tree stand to catch water and prevent spills (also remember dogs can be attracted to drinking out of these trays!). Even better, get an artificial tree that is flame retardant.
4. Speaking of trees, make sure they are secured properly so that they will not fall over if bumped by a dog or child. This might mean adding additional support for the base of the tree