7 Holiday Dog Safety Tips
Thanksgiving is over, but Christmas is right around the corner, and for many of us that includes many more parties and family gatherings. To keep the holidays happy, here are some holiday dog safety tips to keep your dogs (and other pets) out of harm’s way.
Holiday Dog Safety Tips
Remind guests not to feed pets. Many foods that humans love can be harmful to a pet’s digestion, or poisonous. If you want your pet to join in the holiday gluttony, try buying special dog treats for them instead of sharing human food.
Remind guests to be careful when opening doors or gates. An open door may be a chance for your dog to bolt, and a gate left ajar is a chance for your dog to wander off and possibly get lost.
Keep garbage in containers that your dog cannot get into. Turkey bones will splinter when chewed, and can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars in vet bills. A bone splinter can puncture your pet’s digestive tract and cause life threatening damage. Other items in the trash can cause damage as well. Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that causes kidney damage in dogs. Onions will destroy their red blood cells and lead to anemia. Chocolate contains theobromine, which affects the nervous and cardiovascular system. In small quantities, the affects may not be visible to you, but the damage still occurs.
If your pet is possessive of toys or food, be sure to avoid situations that my cause your dog to be aggressive. Keep their toys away from children that may come to visit. Feed your pet away from guests where he won’t feel intimidated and aggressive.
If your pet is shy, he may not enjoy the holiday as much as you do. Be sure to have a safe, quiet place for your pet to retreat to. Let your guests know about any activities that should be avoided, such as picking up a shy pet. If sedatives are required for the super timid pet, be sure to have those on hand before the big day.
Make sure your pet’s ID tags and microchip are up to date. Even with the most vigilant care, a pet may slip out and go missing. An up to date phone number on your pets’ ID tags may mean the difference between them returning home safely, or never seeing them again.
Keep your pet’s water dish full. With extra people around, there’s a greater chance for the bowl to get bumped and spill, leaving your pet thirsty. Try putting a second bowl in a less busy area, and make sure your pet knows its there.
Have you implemented these holiday dog safety tips? Or do you have other holiday dog safety tips to suggest? Let us know in a comment below!