The Ultimate Guide To Keep Your Dog Safe This Christmas

The trees are going up, the presents are getting wrapped and Christmas is just around the corner! Winter holidays can be a joyous time for humans yet a dangerous time for our four-legged family members, as holiday decorations often become hazardous to them. Here are six potential hazards to look out for to have an awesome and pup-friendly Christmas:

Christmas Trees

What's Christmas without a Christmas tree? However, although pine and fir trees look lovely, they may be dangerous for dogs. The sap in fir trees contain oils that can be slightly poisonous if ingested, causing stomach discomfort. Pine needles can cause damage to the eyes or get stuck in pets’ paws or throats should they run into the tree. So make sure to do your due diligence by sweeping up the needles regularly and preventing your pet from playing near the Christmas tree unsupervised.

Light Decorations

The dangling and blinking fairy lights can be seen as tempting chew toys for your pet. If your furry friend gnaws on the wires, it could cause severe injuries like electric shocks or oral burns. So ensure that you hang the lights in places that are inaccessible for your dog, and always switch the lights off when your fur kid is alone.

Chocolates

While chocolates are a delicious, must-have treat for Christmas, they certainly aren't suitable for pet consumption! They contain theobromine, a stimulant that is severely toxic to dogs. With spikes in chocolate poisoning in pets in festive seasons like Christmas and Boxing Day, owners like yourself will have to keep an eye out for loose chocolate lying within reach of your pup and people who might attempt to feed them a piece if they're unaware of the harm chocolates bring to dogs.

Christmas Tree Ornaments

Curious pets are often drawn to the baubles, tinsel, and dazzling decorations hanging from Christmas tree branches. Be careful, as not only can your beautiful decorations be destroyed, these ornaments can also be a source of danger for your pets. Anything knocked off the tree can be swallowed by these curious little ones, and broken ornaments can get stuck in paws as well. For your pet’s safety, hang your ornaments higher up so that they are out of reach.

A Full House

Your home can get really busy around the holidays, with family and friends stopping by to exchange gifts and food in the seasonal spirit. However, unfamiliar faces and loud noises can be scary for your pet, so consider making a safe space for your pet to seek respite and take comfort in when it becomes overwhelming.

You should also maintain your pet's normal feeding and exercise routines, to prevent them from experiencing stress. Last but not least, remember to practice COVID-19 precautionary measures  at Christmas gatherings to ensure safety for both you and your pet.

Holiday Blues

This festive occasion is a good chance to catch up and meet loved ones you probably haven’t met in a long time. If you’re planning to go visiting for a few days, do not leave your pet for too long. Remember that your fur-kid deserves the love and a fair share of the Christmas fun as much as you do!

It is the perfect chance to bond with your pet under the cold weather. However, if you have no choice but to leave your pet alone at home for a while when you’re out visiting, you can consider getting a pet camera like Petkix to keep your pet accompanied even when you’re away.

By following these six simple tips, you can make the most of this wonderful holiday season with your furry friends and keep them happy and safe all the time. 

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