A journey about dogs and their people by Diane Rich
Ten Safety Tips for Fido During the HolidaysDecember 19th, 2012 at Wed, 19th, 2012 at 1:56 pm by Diane Rich
The holiday season is busy. Shopping, getting the house ready for guests and celebration, cooking, cleaning, fine tuning decorations, wrapping presents, people running in and out of the house at warp speed.
The family pet observes the change of energy and senses the tension watching her people scurry around trying to get everything done in a timely manner. Changing the dog’s routine and exercise regimen may trigger some unique canine behavior. The housetrained dog may all of sudden potty in the house, a dog that normally delights in his chew toys may start to chew inappropriate or unsafe items, the family dog may even present some extreme attention seeking behavior. Now, some of these behaviors listed may just be S.O.P. but either way supervision is recommended if necessary. Confinement during hectic moments may be in order.
Ten tips to keep your furry family member safe this holiday season
1. If your pet has a tendency to bolt out an open door or jump on guests, best to confine in a crate or behind a gate on the day of your party. If going to parties rather than giving the parties is on the schedule some pet parents may choose to board their pets as to not watch the clock when enjoy festivities with friends and family
2. Avoid sharing the tasty leftovers with your dog, especially bones and fat.
3. Keep that glass of alcohol out of the reach of a thirsty or inquisitive pet
4. Coffee, tea, chocolate, macadamia nuts are a no no. Keep a tight lid on the garbage can and keep all garbage out of the dog’s reach
5. If you are parenting a puppy, you may need to either keep the pup out of the room with the tree and presents or set up containment around the tree.
6. Should you not want to keep your pet out of the room with the tree, then make sure the tree is anchored well, so the pet cannot pull it over or knock it over
7. Some dogs are attracted to Christmas lights, ornaments, the tree itself, fallen needles from the tree, or water for the tree, best to keep the pet away from all of it. Some pets may even lift their leg on your tree
8. Lillies and yew are toxic to pets
9. Keep Christmas wrapping or ribbons and bows away from your pet
10. Post the number of your nearest emergency clinic within reach just in case
If you parent a young dog that you think will be too much for you during this busy time or if you entertain guests who may not respect your wishes such as not giving the dog table scraps, best to confine or supervise your pet during the festivities. Or, board your pet.