Christmas is a time for all family members to gather and enjoy each other’s company, and that includes the furry family members. It is however vital to make an elaborate plan to keep the dogs safe to avoid ruining the fun for everyone. One of the best ways to do that is to have a plan in place and revisit it every Christmas. Here are some things to keep in mind for your pet’s safety during the festive season:
Although a dog’s internal makeup is similar to that of a human, it’s not identical. This means there are a lot of human food that are safe for the dog, but some are not. Common foods that are harmful to dogs include chocolate, alcohol, all types of alums, and any food that contains xylitol as a sweetener. These are just a few of the examples. As a rule of thumb, feed your dog Christmas dinner that is plain- no sauce, no condiments and no candy or cake.
Ensure that the water bowl that comes with the Christmas tree is covered so that the dog does not drink from it. The water is likely to contain chemicals that can be harmful to your dog’s health. The Christmas tree, if real, might also shed some of its pines, which the dog could end up swallowing and getting hurt. Pick the fallen leaves that the tree sheds to avoid this danger. In addition, put electrical lights on the higher branches of the tree and watch out for uninsulated wires that can cause electrocution. The electrical lights should be up on the tree where the dog cannot reach, and cannot knock them off with a wagging tail or when he is walking around excitedly.
Glass ornaments are beautiful but should not be included in the Christmas decorations of a family with dogs. The ornaments could shatter and cause accidents to the animals. Instead, opt for ornaments that are shiny but don’t break easily.
Other decorations and gift wraps should be kept out of the dog’s reach to avoid swallowing. Dogs like shiny things and are bound to get curious about all those shiny papers, yet swallowing any of these could lead to obstruction.
When choosing gifts for your dog choose large toys that the dog cannot swallow easily, again because this can cause obstruction.
If you live in an area where the temperatures drop during Christmas make sure your dog is warm at all times. If you are going outdoors, only spend a few minutes outside or invest in a doggie sweater and booties.