39 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe At Christmas
Christmas is a fun time for you and your family, but for your furry friend, this is the time with a lot of temptations around. He is filled with curiosity; the unfamiliar scents of people visiting your home and new things lying around, the enticing shiny decorations, a lot of sweets and candies that he can access while you are blissfully ignorant about his escapades.
Ultimately you realize something is wrong when he starts feeling sick or when a conspicuous accident around the house that involves your dog grabs your attention. The things you have been thinking are harmless can really cause a lot of harm to your dog whether it’s the mistletoe, a piece of chocolate, or a tinsel decoration!
We have listed out 39 important tips that will give you information as to what is harmful to your dog so that you can avert any major pet accidents this Christmas. Our motto is to help dog parents to have a wonderful and safe Christmas this year without any mishaps or misfortunes touching you or your dog.
Please go through this detailed infographic from TopDogTips which will guide you to avoid usage of certain things that can prevent dog accidents. Both you and your dog can enjoy the holidays in a fun and jolly way as the season intends.
Table of Contents – Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe
- Decor and Decorations (Tips 1-13)
- Food and Cooking (Tips 14-20)
- Presents and Gifting (Tips 21-27)
- Gatherings and Parties (Tips 28-39)
Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe – Decor and Decorations
How to Keep Your Dog Safe Tip 1
Avoid using candles – If you want to keep your dog safe, use flameless LED candles instead. Lit candles can easily be knocked over by pets causing burns or fires.
Don’t use holly, poinsettia, or mistletoe – These are all poisonous to your if ingested. It’s safest to stick with artificial plants instead.
Anchor your Christmas tree – Anchor your Christmas tree securely so your pup doesn’t have access to it.
Get a faux tree – An artificial tree is much safer for your dog.
Don’t decorate the bottom part of the tree – This will prevent your dog from being enticed by easy to reach lights or decorations.
Avoid silver icicle strands or tinsel – Dogs are attracted to playing with and eating it, but it can cause vomiting and obstructions.
No glass ornaments – When ornaments fall or break, your dog can easily eat the pieces of them.
Block off the Christmas tree – If you want to keep your dog safe from the Christmas tree, consider blocking it off by using a pet gate.
Tip 9 On How To Keep Your Dog Safe
No edible decorations – Edible decorations like popcorn garlands encourage dogs to jump and climb to get tasty snacks.
Be careful about water in the tree stand – The water in your Christmas tree stand is stagnant and it can contain bacteria.
Keep wiring and extension cards out of reach – Pups can get tangled in wiring or bite into wires and pull items off.
Don’t overwhelm your dog with festive decorations – Too many loud and obnoxious decorations can put your dog on edge.
Keep wrapped gifts and wrapping paper out of reach – Wrapping paper can attract dogs and when eaten it can cause blockages and stomach upset.
Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe – Food and Cooking
Chocolate is everywhere – Chocolate is a very popular stocking stuffer and Christmas treat, but it’s extremely toxic to dogs
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Watch your alcohol – Alcohol and pets don’t mix, so keep all alcoholic drinks out of reach of your pets.
Say no to table scraps – Table scraps may be dangerous to dogs and can cause a condition called pancreatitis.
Only safe doggy meals – White meat without skin, dog-safe veggies, and plain rice is a wonderful place to start.
Don’t give your dog bones – Cooked bones are easily splintered and can cause dental damage and internal perforations.
Keep an eye on that dough – If you’re going to be baking, make sure to keep that dough out of your pup’s reach.
Wash pans right away – Post-cooking pans are tempting and can invite your dog to jump up to lick them clean.
Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe – Presents and Gifting
Choose edible gifts wisely – Buy safe treats that are made in reputable countries with healthy ingredients.
Your dog’s habits for toys – If you have a chewer, don’t choose a toy that they will tear apart and have them swallow pieces.
Tip 23 of Keeping Your Dog Safe
Stick with toys made for dogs – Kids toys can contain substances that are toxic to dogs, not designed for chewing.
Don’t gift pets – If you want to keep your dog safe, never assume someone else loves dogs as much as you, or can commit to a dog.
Choose size appropriate toys – Toys that you pick up for your dog must be appropriate for their size and breed.
Research the presents – Some products have serious flaws that can cause illness, physical damage or even death in dogs.
Keep an eye on dogs interacting – Even dogs that love each dearly can become territorial or aggressive over “special” items.
Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe – Gatherings and Parties
Educate your guests – Ensure everyone knows that you have a dog, and how they should interact with your pet.
Tip 29 On How to Keep Your Dog Safe
Dogs love to roam – So be sure that everyone at your house party is aware that your dog is roaming the house at all times.
Isolate your dog if drinking heavily – Drunk people lack the judgement and ability to interact with animals, which may lead to trouble.
Know when to keep your dog away – If you are holding a gathering and your dog is afraid of strangers, keep your dog away from guests.
Temper noise – If your dog doesn’t do well with loud noises, consider boarding them on the night of your party.
Don’t serve dangerous party snacks – Undoubtedly someone will try to sneak a snack to your dog during the part.
Prepare for accidents – You may want to put down some potty pee pads just for this occasion.
Introduce other dogs outdoors – If unfamiliar dogs will be at your party, have them both meet outside first to avoid territorial issues.
Keep senior dogs comfortable – A dog that was very sociable in their youth isn’t always as sociable in his senior years.
Tip 37 Of Keeping Your Dog Safe
Monitor entrances in snowy weather – Ice melting chemicals can be tracked into the house on guest’s shoes; they’re toxic to dogs.
Be wary of children – Ensure kids are familiar with dogs and how to interact with them safely.
Keep to your normal schedule – Dogs thrive on routine, so try to maintain their regular feeding, walking, and sleeping schedule.