December 15 2013
As we gear up for the holidays and get tied up in
the throes of shopping, we want to make sure you and your pet have a safe
holiday season. For instance, did you know that holly and mistletoe can be poisonous
for your dog? That snow globes contain antifreeze which is toxic to your dog?
Here are some other tips to keep you and your beloved pet secure and happy this
- Food. Although many of us enjoy the
beauty of poinsettias, they can make your dog vomit. Chocolate is another big
no no. Do not give your dog any spicy or fatty foods, bread dough, caffeine or
alcoholic beverages. Cooked bones can be extremely dangerous as they can
splinter and cause damage to your dog's intestines. Instead, treat your dog to
dog bones designed specifically for our canine friends.
- Decorations. Lighted candles create a
peaceful glow, but keep them away from your dog. One tail wag could send those
candles flying and cause a fire or even burn your pet. Now may be a good time
to change those batteries in your smoke alarm! If you have a Christmas tree,
hang the non-breakable ornaments near the bottom, so your dog doesn't break
them and step in glass. And tinsel may be pretty, but can be deadly for your
dog. And if you have a real Christmas tree, do not let your dog drink the tree
water, because it may contain preservative chemicals that can cause nausea or
- Guests. Many dogs will get over-excited
with so much company and guests arriving. Try and tucker him out with a long
walk beforehand. Don't let your pet get away with bad behaviors just because it
is the holidays; instead, take this as a learning opportunity to intensify his
good behaviors. And remember that pets who are stressed generally pant more, so
keep a water bowl handy.
- Cold. Depending on where you live, it
can be bitter cold outside. Limit your dog's exposure to the elements and be
careful of slippery conditions like ice and snow.
- Puppies for Christmas. Despite the fact
that puppies are adorable and your kids may be begging for one for Christmas,
do not give in! Puppies should never be a surprise gift, because owning one
requites a huge time and financial commitment. The holidays are rushed and
chaotic, and most people do not have time to train a dog. Too many dogs end up
in shelters after the holidays. Unfortunately like a child who is adopted, you
shouldn't give them back.
From our family at Bark Busters around the
world, we wish you a Happy Holiday season!