Keeping your dog safe at Christmas
Your beloved dog is part of the family, so you want them to enjoy Christmas as much as you do. The celebrations can bring extra hazards, so here’s our guide to keeping your dog safe at Christmas.
Choose the right decorations
We love Christmas decorations and seeing the lights twinkle as the nights draw in. However, some decorations can harm your doggo, especially if they decide to have a nibble. Tinsel can cause blockages, and some traditional plants, such as poinsettia, ivy, and mistletoe, can be poisonous. Some snow globes contain anti-freeze, which can be fatal if swallowed. Keep them on a high shelf and clear up any breakages quickly.
Fairy lights can cause electric shocks and even excess fluid in the lungs if your dog decides to investigate by taking a nibble, so keep them well out of your pooch’s reach.
Dog-proof your Christmas tree
Your Christmas tree is probably the biggest and shiniest decoration you have, so make sure it’s dog-proof! A real tree contains oils that can irritate your dog’s mouth, and needles could get stuck in their throat if they swallow them. You could consider an artificial tree or put your tree out of your four-legged friend’s reach.
If you have glass baubles or other decorations that could break easily, put them at the top of the tree where your pooch can’t reach them. The same applies to chocolate decorations, which are highly toxic to dogs. You might prefer to leave the chocolate in the kitchen where only you can reach it!
Could Christmas dinner be toxic?
We’ve already mentioned that chocolate can be poisonous to dogs, but other Christmas foods can, too. Avoid feeding your doggo Christmas pudding, mince pies or anything with alcohol. It’s OK to share some turkey with your pooch, but make sure it doesn’t have gravy on it, as this can be too salty for them. The bones are small and splinter easily, making them a choking hazard, so dispose of your turkey carcass safely.
If you want your dog to enjoy a Christmas treat, it’s safest to stick to their usual snacks.
You might not think that opening a present could be a hazard. After all, we’re sure there’ll be a present for your dog under the tree on Christmas day. Your pet could get excited about getting their teeth into their gift, but make sure they don’t snack on the wrapping paper.
It won’t do any harm if your pooch accidentally swallows a couple of scraps, but more than that, it could cause a blockage in their digestive system. No one wants to spend Christmas Day at the vet.
A stress-free Christmas
Christmas can be busy with travel and visitors, which can be stressful for your pooch. Keeping them in their normal routine as much as possible will help to keep them calm. Give them a safe place to retreat if it all gets overwhelming, and ensure visitors know when to give your dog some space.
If you plan to visit your family during the Christmas break, entrusting your dog to a carer can be a great choice. Your canine pal will get a carer’s undivided attention in an environment that suits their needs.
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