Keeping Dogs Safe at Christmas

Keeping dogs safe during the Christmas season is important, as there are various decorations, foods, and activities that can pose risks to their health and well-being. Here are some tips to ensure your dog’s safety during Christmas:

  1. Secure the Christmas Tree:
    • Make sure your Christmas tree is securely anchored so it won’t tip over if your dog decides to investigate or bump into it.
    • Consider using a baby gate or pet playpen to create a barrier around the tree.
  2. Avoid Harmful Decorations:
    • Keep fragile ornaments, tinsel, and small decorations out of reach, as they can pose choking hazards or cause intestinal blockages if ingested.
    • Skip using edible ornaments, as your dog might be tempted to eat them.
  3. Watch the Cords:
    • Keep an eye on electrical cords for lights and other decorations, as chewing on them can result in electric shock or burns. Consider using cord protectors or placing them out of reach.
  4. Be Mindful of Plants:
    • Many common holiday plants, such as poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly, can be toxic to dogs. Keep them out of reach or opt for artificial versions.
  5. Secure Gifts:
    • If you have gifts under the tree, be cautious about wrapping paper and ribbons. Ingesting these can cause intestinal blockages. Keep gifts containing food out of reach.
  6. Monitor Candles:
    • Lit candles can be knocked over by a curious pet. Use flameless candles or place them in secure holders on high surfaces.
  7. Be Careful with Lights:
    • Dogs might be tempted to chew on light strands, so make sure they are out of reach. Additionally, check for any loose bulbs or exposed wires.
  8. Provide a Safe Space:
    • Create a quiet and safe space for your dog to retreat to if the festivities become overwhelming. We love a crate which can also be used to keep your dog safe when you can’t supervise them or need to go out
  9. Avoid Toxic Foods:
    • Keep festive foods like chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, garlic, alcohol, and anything sweetened with xylitol away from your dog, as these can be toxic.
  10. Supervise Social Interactions:
  • If you have guests, ensure they are aware of your dog’s needs and any potential hazards. Some dogs may be stressed or anxious in the presence of unfamiliar people.
  1. Stick to Routine:
  • Maintain your dog’s regular feeding and exercise routine as much as possible. Changes in routine can be stressful for pets. Changes in diet can result in upset tummies. Personally our dogs never get human food, only natural dog treats

By taking these precautions and remaining vigilant, you can help ensure that your dog stays safe and you all have a very merry christmas

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