While this year’s holiday season will look a lot different than other years, a lot of our reminders about pup safety during this festive time are the same. Let’s recap the dos and don’ts to keep in mind as you celebrate the season with your furry friend.
Pet Safety Around the Christmas Tree
Your dog might love – or hate – the Christmas tree, but either way, it’s important to safely anchor it for your pet’s protection. Some trees can easily topple when bumped, causing injury.
For those with real Christmas trees, be sure to keep your pet away from tree water that can harbour harmful bacteria and remove any errant tree needles, tinsel, ribbons, ornaments, and ornament hooks – if ingested, these items can also cause serious harm.
If you’re gifting your good boy or girl something special this holiday season, be sure to separate their presents from the rest of the family’s to prevent relentless sniffing around the tree.
Holiday Meals: What Your Pup Can and Can’t Have
Many pets look forward to a holiday meal just as their owners do but knowing what your dog can and can’t have is important for everyone’s enjoyment.
Fatty and spicy foods are no-nos for dogs. Instead, opt for white meat and always double check for bones. Beware of additional ingredients in some traditional holiday dishes that can be problematic for pets, including butter and sour cream. Be sure to skip the sweets – chocolate and xylitol can be deadly to dogs. Finally, keep holiday ingredients and dishes out of your pup’s reach and safely fasten all containers and garbage cans.
If you’re ever unsure about an ingredient or dish, remember that it’s better to be safe than sorry. There are other ways your furry friend can participate in the festivities that won’t lead to costly vet bills!
Limit New Year’s Noise
Ringing in the new year will probably be a little more laid back, but it’s important to remember that loud sounds can terrify pets. Not only can noisy poppers and fireworks trigger extreme fear, they can also be damaging to sensitive ears. Help create a safe space for your pup to retreat to in case of loud noises.
Cuddle Up with Your Furry Friend and Enjoy the Season!
From all of us at PuppyViewer, we wish you and your family a happy, safe and cozy holiday season with your best friend by your side. We’ll see you in 2021!