Christmas has long been considered to be the perfect family holiday. Nowadays, many people consider pets to be a part of their families and include them in all the festivities. A dog is one of the most common pets around, and many people even hang a separate Christmas stocking just for their dogs next to those for the kids or grand-kids. While a holiday season is definitely fun, it can turn dangerous for your dog if left to chance.
Take a look at the things pet owners should keep a watch out for this Christmas.
Sweets and Treats
Many are not aware that chocolate, a fundamental ingredient of candies can be poisonous to dogs. So it’s important not to place cakes and cookies in such places where pets cannot get at easily. While offering sweets or other goodies to family members, it’s better to dispose of the leftovers properly. Put them somewhere out of reach of dogs. It’s better if you could keep your dog away in another room or on a leash during holiday parties.
Poisonous Christmas plants
Most of the traditional and artificial Christmas plants are toxic if eaten by dogs. For instance, leaves and stalks of the Poinsettia plant are highly poisonous and the leaves and berries of the mistletoe plant highly toxic.
In snowy weather, people usually overuse chemicals to melt ice on pathways and sidewalks. These chemicals can burn or injure the paws of dogs and are extremely toxic if ingested. Even though pets rarely lap up the melting ice or snow, dogs can easily ingest some while licking their paws. One option could be to have your dog wear dog boots when going out. Ice melting products that are safe for pets are nowadays available in shops.
All of us enjoy doing up our homes in December. But you should not forget about kids and pets while doing it. Decorations are colorful and glittery and sometimes even seem eatable. But, in reality, they are only playthings made of glass or foil. They can easily break down and its easy for pieces to get in the mouths or in between paws of house pets. To avoid a consequent visit to the vet, opt for dog-friendly ornaments like plastic or paper decorations instead of glass ones. They can be less harmful to pet dogs, unlike glass fragments.
Always keep in mind that dogs should not be given cold or frozen water. If your pet is kept outdoors, ensure a constant supply of fresh water or even better, opt to get him a heated water bowl.
Christmas trees should be watered regularly, and it is common to add chemicals while watering to make their appearance even more beautiful. These chemicals can be extremely poisonous to dogs of which one common ingredient is aspirin. Even though dogs are given aspirin on occasion, under the recommendation of a vet, the quantity used for watering Christmas tree can be excessive and thus dangerous.
This Christmas be sure to enjoy, but also make sure to keep an eye out for your best friend.
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