Tis’ the season for Mistletoe, tinsel and Holly, right?
Not so fast if you have a pooch! Before you start decking the halls, check out these must-read Christmas safety tips for your dog.
Just so you know that I’m not standing on my high and mighty soapbox, I have a tale (or tail!) for you!
Two years ago, my dog Cooper at two pounds of chocolate chips! This is one time his large size came in handy, as he didn’t seem terribly affected by it.
We were lucky, a smaller dog could have died!
So now I carefully follow these Christmas safety tips for dogs too!
Are you a cat parent too? Read this: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Cat for Holiday Visitors
Christmas Safety Tips for Your Dog
Go Faux on the Mistletoe and Holly
They may be pretty, but these plants- along with poinsettias- are incredibly harmful to your pooch. At best, they’ll cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea if your dog happens to eat them. Worst case scenario? Heart failure.
The fake versions are just as pretty. Plus you don’t have to remember to water them!
Keep tasty human treats WAY out of reach!
As I mentioned above, our dog Cooper managed to steal a huge bag of chocolate chips from the counter. Mind you, they were pushed back on the counter, where we thought they were out of reach.
Never underestimate your dog’s tenacity for getting those tasty- yet potentially deadly- morsels!
Stick them up in a cabinet. Even the smartest dogs have a hard time with cabinet doors! When the cookies, fudge and other yummy foods that dogs can’t eat are baked, make sure they’re put away too.
This is probably one of my most important Christmas safety tips for dogs, because I’ve lived it.
Skip the tinsel
Tinsel may look pretty dangling from your tree like icicles, but it’s dangerous when ingested.
It’s not poisonous, but it can cut your pup’s intestinal tract. It can also get wrapped up in the stomach, throat or other parts of the system.
While your dog isn’t going to go looking for tinsel to eat, if you’ve ever used the stuff, you know how it gets EVERYWHERE. Somehow, it will end up in your dog’s stomach.
Let’s talk about that tree!
Oh, where to start with the Christmas tree.
How about with the ornaments. That precious glass bulb from your great-great-grandmother? Stick it somewhere in the middle on a super strong branch, double hooked. Basically, bolt it to the tree.
In fact, put all your “good” ornaments towards the upper middle. Not at the top on those weak branches. Definitely NOT at the bottom where SPOT can take them off. Think about it, those ornaments look a lot like his play ball!
However you choose to decorate, make sure you anchor your tree to the wall so Spot doesn’t knock it over.
One more thing about the tree: you CANNOT get mad at your boy dog for mistaking it for the outdoors, if you catch my drift. He’s been potty trained to go outside and pee on trees. You brought him a tree indoors.
As far as he’s concerned, you’re very considerate for thinking of him during the cold season by giving him an indoor bathroom. Cooper fortunately never peed on the trees (until my brother’s dog did on Christmas Eve and he was forced to reclaim his territory), but he did leave other unfortunate packages under them.
Correct the behavior, but don’t mistake it for an act of defiance.
These Christmas safety tips for your dog will help make sure your beloved canine companion enjoys the holidays as much as you do! Holidays are for family, and our pets are definitely a huge part of that!
Can you think of any Christmas safety tips for your dog that I missed? Please tell us in the comments!