With the holidays upon us we all want to have a healthy dog. There are a few extra things to keep in mind in regards to your dog’s health.
- Strange people in your home, loud noises and festive celebrations may upset your dog. In addition, many people may be uncomfortable around dogs so it would be best to keep him confined in a room that will not be used by your guests. If that isn’t possible, appoint someone from your family to keep watch and make sure that the dog does not get underfoot or into mischief!
- Your dog is used to a certain routine … walking, feeding, etc. … try not to vary the routine.
- Limit the amount of “people” food from the table or buffet that you give to Fido. This type of goodies can make your dog sick … in fact some food, like chocolate and grapes can be toxic … and do I need to say NEVER give your pooch alcohol.
- Be sure to keep your holiday plants like holly, mistletoe and poinsettia out of reach. If not poisonous, they will certainly make your dog very sick.
- Christmas tree lights should be kept out of reach. Many times dogs chew on them and get a terrible shock or even electrocuted.
- Glass ornaments that break should be cleaned up quickly for the safety of everyone, but these can severely cut your dog’s feet or mouth.
- Strings of popcorn and cranberries look awesome on the tree, but may be irresistible to your furry friends. Unless you want your tree knocked over, stick to the non-edible decorations … LOL!
- Never let your dog eat tree needles … they are sharp, indigestible and are a real hazard to a healthy pet.
- Festive burning candles really add to the mood of the holidays, but make sure that they are up and out of the way of any happy, wagging tails.
- Many dogs love to “root” around wrapped packages … you may want to place them out of reach of your inquisitive hound.
By just following these few simple tips you and your dog should be able to celebrate the holidays stress free!
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