It’s time to Deck the Halls and get out your Jingle Bells! The holidays are here and we’re ready to get Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree and lost in the hustle and bustle of the season! It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and we’d like you to keep it that way, no emergency trips to the vet, please. Let’s not have a Blue Christmas this year - keep these important holiday safety tips in mind for your pet! All I Want for Christmas is You to have a fantastic and safe holiday season with your pet!
Top Safety Tips for the Holiday Season:
1. Baby, it’s Cold Outside: Protect your dog from the cold. Just because your pal has a permanent winter coat, doesn’t mean he doesn’t get chilly too. Temps below freezing are just as dangerous for your dog as they are for your children. You can avoid frostbite and worse by providing outdoor shelter for your dog, shoveling a path to the potty area so he doesn’t have to trudge through snow, and thinking about a coat and/or booties depending on the size of your dog. Most importantly though, don’t leave your dog outside unattended for long periods of time. Remember: If it’s too cold for you, it’s too cold for your dog.
2. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch: No chocolate or alcohol for your pup. Treats are abundant this time of the year and it’s all too easy to put down that cookie, that chocolate bar or that cup of eggnog and walk away. A single bought with too much of either of these things could be fatal to your pup. You need to make sure you put these things far out of your dog’s reach. If you can’t police the goodies at your holiday gathering, it’s probably best to not invite your dog.
3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town: Tire out your pet before he arrives! Keep your pet relaxed and sane with the guests begin to arrive by tiring them out before the party starts. This will help keep your dog safe from over-excitement and stress, and your guests safe from jumping, barking, and excited nips. Take your dog to an indoor dog park or just for a nice long walk before your guests arrive. Words of Wisdom from Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer himself - A tired dog is a well behaved dog!
4. Underneath the Tree: Don’t give puppies (or kittens) as gifts. Every year our humane societies and rescue organizations are inundated after the holiday season with animals that were given as gifts over the holiday season. For one reason or another these animals were unwanted, or the recipient was unable to care for them. If this is something you are thinking about doing, please think twice. Make a gift certificate for a trip to your local shelter for after the holidays and be part of the solution, not the problem.
5. Underneath the Mistletoe: Holly, mistletoe and poinsettias are all classic icons of the holiday season - and all are dangerous if ingested by your pet. Nausea, vomiting, and even kidney failure are possible. As a pet-safe alternative, consider silk or other artificial plants this year.
6. O’ Tannenbaum: Avoid Christmas tree mishaps. Pets are curious creatures and to keep them safe this season, make sure your tree is anchored securely in the stand and ensure that extra precautions are taken so it cannot be easily toppled. No one wants a squished puppy under their tree! If your pet is the curious type, or the kind to chew on everything, make sure you hang ornaments and other decor out of their reach.
7. Christmas Cannon: Loud noises can scare your pets! Keep fireworks, noisemakers, party poppers and other loud celebratory noises like popping the champagne cork away from your pet. Loud noises can set your pet off in a panic and lead to disaster. As much as you want your beloved pet in on your celebration, consider his needs first and go to another room.
8. Home For Christmas: Don’t leave your pet alone for too long. It’s a busy season for everyone, but please make sure not to neglect your pet, she’s an important member of your family, too. Regular potty breaks are just as important, exercise even more so during this hectic time. Consider adding in some extra special play time to make up for the extra hours you’re away from home this season.
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