Holiday safety tips for dogs are super important. While it is a very festive season, there are many dangers lurking out there for pups. We want to remind you of some big dangers you need to prevent.
Watch Out For Food And Drinks
We dogs smell everything, and most of us are in love with food. During the holidays, there are often bowls of candy sitting around as well as plates of cookies, and cocktails sitting on tables. Most of these items are dangerous, and sometimes deadly for dogs.
Don’t leave bowls of candy sitting around, even if it is wrapped. Dogs will eat the wrapper and the candy. Make sure food is either being watched over, or is kept out of your dog’s reach. Cocktails are sweet and attract dogs. Don’t leave them unattended or your pup may start drinking which can have deadly consequences.
You may think giving your dog some of the dinner food is a nice thing to do, but most of the time the food humans are eating is not good for dogs. It is best to make up a frozen Kong or stuffed bone to give to your dog, with dog friendly ingredients, for her to work on.
Let your guests know the rules about food and drink placement, and remind them to not feed your dog. Many people think they are being kind, but a cookie with chocolate can also be toxic to a dog.
Careful With The Decorations
We have a puppy, so our tree is bare on the bottom third or so. Ornaments are like hanging balls to dogs, especially puppies. If your pup crunches an ornament, it will swallow all those sharp pieces and need to head to the vet asap.
Never trim your tree with food as your dog may make a game out of trying to get the popcorn, cranberries, or other food items you may have used.
Watch out for the lighting. Dogs can easily become tangled in the cord/lights and will start to chew. This is an electrical shock hazard.
If your dog is bigger with a super waggy tail, don’t put decorations on coffee tables as they will fly like baseballs when hit with a wagging tail.
Be careful leaving wrapped gifts out too. We have a keen sense of smell, and may tear into packages that smell interesting to us. Ribbon can also pose a choking hazard.
Watch out for holly and mistletoe as they are both toxic for dogs. Keep it far out of reach for any dogs you have in the house if you must have it around.
Use commons sense when decorating. You know your dog best, and what they might get in to.
Perhaps Her Kennel Is The Best Place
If you will be entertaining, sometimes the best place for the dog is in her kennel. I know I feel safe in my kennel. If you must leave your dog out to mingle with the guests, make sure she doesn’t escape out the door when guests are coming and going, and she should have proper ID just in case she does get outside.
Following holiday safety tips for dogs will ensure you and your pup have a wonderful and safe holiday season together. Happy Howlidays!