The holidays are almost here and I am so excited! With all the food, presents, people to rub my belly, and more food, I can’t think of a more perfect time of year. My mom also loves this time of year, but there are certain aspects of the holidays that can be dangerous for us dogs. Here is my mom’s list of things to pay attention to this time of year:
1. Christmas Tree
– Christmas trees need to be secure and stable.
– Use a dog gate around the tree to keep both dog and tree safe.
– Make sure your dog is always supervised when in a room with a tree.
– Gifts, ornaments, tree needles, etc. are very tempting and look like food.
– Electrical cords: unplug decorative lights when you are not around and use pet-proof extension cords.
– Holiday plants are beautiful but can be dangerous to pets.
– Holly, Mistletoe, Hibiscus, and Poinsettias are poisonous and should be kept out of reach from us.
– Consider using imitation plants.
3. Holiday Foods that your pets should avoid
– Rich, fatty foods like gravy or grease
– No alcohol – dogs are attracted to the sweet taste of drinks like eggnog
– Chocolate particularly unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate
– Coffee and tea
– Uncooked meat, fish, and chicken – be careful of leftover bones as well
– Grapes, raisins, and Macadamia nuts
– Know your dog’s reaction to company
– Have a quiet room available away from the party ready if necessary
– Brush up on obedience training to prepare for the chaos
– Inform visitors of the house rules for your pets (furniture)
– Make reservations early if you are planning to board your pet
Lastly, do not forget to include us dogs in the holidays. Make sure that our gifts are pet safe and size appropriate. (Remember that we like to tear things apart!). Choose healthy holiday treats for us and to make sure that we do not eat too much! Most importantly, do not forget to relax and spend some quality time with us! Our favorite gift of all is spending time with our humans — Happy Holidays!!