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The holidays are here again! As always, we wish you and your pets the merriest — and safest — holiday season. The following tips can help you avoid pet-related holiday hazards, helping to ensure health and happiness all season long.
- Do not feed your dog “people food.” Most indulgent holiday foods will hard your dog’s digestive system and his overall health. Instead, give a treat-filled KONG toy.
- Keep all alcohol and tobacco away from dogs. Alcohol or tobacco consumption can be fatal.
- Safely contain all trash (especially food garbage) to prevent ingestion of items that may cause digestive upsets and/or dangerous blockages.
- Elevate holiday plants like holly, mistletoe and poinsettias. Holly and mistletoe are very poisonous to dogs.
- Keep decorations, wrapping supplied and gifts out of your dog’s reach. Ingestion can cause dangerous reactions and/or blockages.
- Do not leave gifts for your dog underneath the tree. He may decide to unwrap them without supervision.
- Protect your Christmas tree and ornaments from breakage and/or ingestion. Hang glass or other fragile ornaments up high. You can also place Scat Mats or X-Mats around your tree to help keep inquisitive pets away.
- Ensure your dog’s comfort with visitors before you hosting a holiday bash. Add calming pheromones to his space with Comfort Zone with D.A.P. If necessary, use a gate to confine him to a quiet area.
Most importantly, amid the hustle and bustle, find time to relax and enjoy the holidays with your dog.
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Additional information on hazards for pets:
Holiday Safety Tips For Dogs
Holiday Safety Tips For Cats
Holiday Safety Tips For Rabbits, Guinea Pigs, Hamster and Other Small Pets
Household Hazards For Pets