The holiday season is almost upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their four-legged companions in the festivities. As you get ready for the holidays this year, it’s important to try to keep your dog’s eating habits as close to their normal routine as possible. Also, it’s important to steer dogs clear of unhealthy treats, toxic plants, and dangerous decorations. All of us at Splash and Dash want the very best for you and your dog during the holidays.
Make sure your Pup avoids Holiday Food
- Say no to Sweets: By now you should know not to feed your dogs chocolate or anything sweetened with xylitol. However, do you know the lengths to which a dog will go to chomp on something yummy? Make sure to keep dogs away from the table and unattended areas of food. Make sure to secure the lids on garbage cans as well.
- Leave the Leftovers: Did you know that spicy food is a big no-no for dogs? The same goes for anything that involves bones, your furry friend won’t respond well to these types of foods. Involve your dog in festivities in other fun ways that won’t lead to costly vet visits.
- Careful with Cocktails: If your celebration includes adult holiday beverages (we both know it will), be sure to place your unattended alcoholic drinks in a place that your dog cannot access. If your dog accidentally ingests alcohol, be sure to get them to a vet right away.
- Special Treat Selection: If you’re looking to stuff your pet’s stockings, you’ve come to the right place. Our Keepin’ it Simple dog treats are made with all natural ingredients. We source all of our ingredients in the United States and all of our products are USDA approved. We only put human-grade ingredients in our treats. It may cost us a little extra to produce our food, however, we only want the best for your pup.
Make sure your Dog avoids Seasonal Decorations
- Oh, Christmas Tree. Oh, Christmas Tree: It’s important to securely anchor your Christmas tree so it doesn’t tip or fall on your dog. This will also help prevent your dog from drinking the tree water, which can make them very sick. Many trees contain fertilizers which can cause an upset stomach in your dog. You need to remain that bringing a Christmas tree in your house is a breeding ground for bacteria which could make your dog sick if not properly secured.
- Avoid the Mistletoe: Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. Not only that but Holly, and many other varieties of lilies can cause kidney failure if ingested. Opt for ‘just-as-jolly’ artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a dog-safe bouquet.
- Forget the Holiday Glow: Don’t leave lighted candles unattended. Dog may burn themselves or cause a fire if they knock candles over. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. If you leave the room, put the candle out!
- Wired Up: Keep wires, batteries and plastic ornaments out of paws’ reach. A wire can deliver a potentially lethal electrical shock and a punctured battery can cause burns to the mouth and esophagus, while shards of breakable ornaments can damage your dog’s mouth and digestive tract.
Plan a Dog-Safe Holiday Gathering
- Dog House: If your dog-loving guests would like to give your dogs a little extra attention and exercise while you’re busy tending to the party, ask them to feel free to start a nice play or petting session.
- Put the Meds Away: This is an important tip, make sure all of your medications are locked behind secure doors. Also, be sure to tell your guests to keep their meds zipped up and packed away as well. Dogs having access to pills is a big no-no.
- A Room of Their Own: Give your dog his own quiet space to retreat to, complete with fresh water and a place to snuggle. Shy pups and cats might want to hide out under a piece of furniture, in their carrying case or in a separate room away from the party. Sometimes dogs need a safe and quiet place to relax.
- New Year’s Noise: As you count down to the new year, please keep in mind that strings of thrown confetti can be a problem for pets. Noisy poppers can terrify pets and cause possible damage to sensitive ears. Be sure to remember that many pets are also scared of fireworks, so be sure to secure them in a safe and escape-proof area as midnight approaches.
Don’t Forget to have Fun!
The most important thing this holiday season is that you and your family stay safe and have fun! The holidays are supposed to be filled with love and happiness, and happiness comes from dogs! Happy Holidays from your family at Splash and Dash!