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You’ve decked the halls, wrapped packages, shopped till you dropped.
But have you done everything to protect your dog from potential Holiday hazards?
To make sure the holidays are happy and safe for your dog,
follow these simple tips from the experts.
It will keep your pet from getting lost, fighting other animals, and eating and drinking things that could make them sick.
It may seem cool outside, but the sun can raise the temperature inside your car to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes, even with the windows rolled down.
Whether you’re indoors or out, both you and your pet need access to lots of fresh water during the summer.
So keep your pet out of the blazing sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Keeping your pet well groomed will help its hair do what it was designed to do: protect them from the sun and insulate from the heat.
Hot weather may tempt your pet to drink from puddles in the street, which can contain antifreeze and other chemicals.
Humidity interferes with animals’ ability to rid themselves of excess body heat.
Though exercise is an important part of keeping your dog at a healthy weight, which helps the body stay cool, overdoing it can cause your pet to overheat. Keep the walks to a gentle pace and make sure your pet has plenty of water.
Animals shouldn’t be left outside unsupervised on long, hot days, even in the shade.
Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, you must act quickly and calmly. Have someone call a veterinarian immediately. In the meantime, lower the animal’s body temperature by applying towels soaked in cool water to the hairless areas of the body.
By following a few summer pet safety tips,
you can keep your animal friends healthy to enjoy days of sun and fun.
Keep your dog from toppling the Christmas tree by securing the tree to a wall, ceiling, or drapery rod with sturdy fishing line. Make tree water, which can harbor dangerous bacteria and chemicals, a no drinking zone by covering the tree stand reservoir with a tree skirt. Pick up pine needles, which can injure your dog’s intestines if eaten, and tape down or cover electrical cords to prevent shocks, burns and other serious injuries.
Skip the tinsel. This time-honored holiday decoration has long been a no-no for pets. If swallowed, tinsel can cause choking, or intestinal blockages and tears. It often requires surgery to repair.
Keep dogs away from wrapped packages as well as wrapping supplies, since eating string, glue, rubber bands, staples, ribbon, plastic, cellophane, cloth, and even wrapping paper can lead to intestinal blockages or choking. Keep in mind that some wrapped gifts may contain dangerous edible items, such as chocolate or macadamia nuts. Ask the gift-giver whether the package contains food before placing it under the Christmas tree.
Small toy pieces and balls can cause choking and intestinal blockages. After opening gifts, set aside small items or stow them in a nearby closet until they can be safely put away.
Place Menorahs and other holiday candles far from your dog’s reach so he can’t knock them over. Extinguish ALL candles before going to bed or leaving the house.
Many holiday foods such as fatty meat, garlic, onion, some nuts, poultry skin, dough, raisins, coffee, bones, chocolate, artificial sweeteners, and alcohol can cause illnesses ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to pancreatitis and other toxic reactions. Designate a family member to guard unattended plates and glasses, or place your dog in his crate or quiet room until the meal is done or guests have left.
Some of the most popular living symbols of the holidays are toxic to dogs and can cause symptoms from gastrointestinal irritation and diarrhea to cardiac problems, even death. Plants to avoid include Christmas cactus, holly, lilies, mistletoe, poinsettia, hemlock, and ivy. If you can’t ban these problem plants altogether, keep them far from your pet’s reach, and immediately pick up and discard fallen leaves, stems, and berries.
Ask your guests to refrain from feeding people food to your dog. Aside from encouraging begging, feeding your dog rich holiday table scraps can result in serious illness. If you are throwing a party, consider boarding your dog for the day, or create a quiet zone for him far away from the action. If you want your dog at the party, provide a limited number of dog treats for guests to give your dog, and ban toxic ingredients from the menu.
Holiday guests and other activities can leave you distracted, so be sure to close and lock doors and gates after guests arrive. Better yet, place your dog in his crate or quiet room with the door closed while guests come and go.
Busy and erratic holiday schedules, steady streams of strangers, and even changes to your home like rearranging furniture to accommodate holiday decorations can stress out even the most mellow of dogs. Limit stress by maintaining your dog’s regular exercise and feeding schedules. Give him a nice, long walk before guests arrive or before you go out for the evening. Provide a quiet spot where he can “get away” from company. Add a new dog toy to your holiday shopping list. A new Nylabone can provide a great distraction for a stressed-out dog and help him...and you... to better enjoy a Happy and Safe Holiday!
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