The holidays are quickly approaching and things may be beginning to get crazy already. With so many things on your to-do list, the last thing you're thinking about is the safety issues surrounding your pets and the holiday décor and events. Here, you'll find a few tips that will help you keep your canine companion safe over the holidays.
It doesn't matter if you're a pre-Thanksgiving decorator or a wait until two days before Christmas decorator—the decorations around the house could be putting your dog at risk. To reduce the chances of your dog getting sick or injured, here is what you need to know.
Secure the tree – That tree will be tempting for your dog to mess around with. Some dogs love to scratch their backs on the lower limbs of the tree, while others love to try to get all of those shiny balls that are hanging all over it. Either way, make sure that the tree is secured to the wall behind it or the floor where it stands.
Skip the Tinsel - Tinsel isn't used as often as it once was, but if you typically use it, skip it this year. Dogs can become very sick if they eat the tinsel hanging from the tree.
Tape the Cords – Don't leave any cords laying loose on the floor. Instead, get some tape and tape the cords to the floor or walls. This way, it will be more difficult for your dog to chew on them, and it will remove the possibility of the dog getting tangled up in the cords.
Skip the Seasonal Plants – As much as poinsettias and holly can make a home really feel like home for the holidays, they can be deadly to your dog. At the very least, you're looking at a trip to the vet for your dog to be treated for some serious belly pain if he was to eat either of these holiday plants.
Secure Your Dog – Whenever you have guests coming and going, put the dog in a room where he will not be bothered or will not bother anyone else. Of course, once things settle down, you can invite your furry friend to join in on the fun, but too much excitement can be overwhelming to a dog and could cause him to behave poorly.
Talk with your vet to learn more about what you can do to protect your furry friend from falling ill or getting injured over the holidays. If problems do arise, reach out to veterinarian hospitals like Sylvan Corner Pet Hospital.
My husband’s mom absolutely adores playing with her pets. She currently has 2 dogs and 12 cats. Every day she spends at least two hours feeding and caring for her animals. My mother-in-law keeps a couple of her cats inside of her home. The rest of her animals aren’t allowed inside the house. However, this sweet lady always ensures they’re warm during the harsh winter months. Each of the canines have a spacious dog house to lounge in. At night, my mother-in-law places her cats in an old shed. Whenever one of her pets displays the signs of a potential illness, she immediately takes him or her to a nearby veterinarian. On this blog, I hope you will discover tips to help you protect your beloved pets from harm.