Top 8 Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs

by DFS-Pet-Blog on November 24, 2014

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.
  • Holiday-Safety-Tips-Dog-blogKeep 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.

Click here for even more pup-calming tips!

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


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tam Kah Mun December 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm

this all point is important for me

Anonymous February 26, 2015 at 4:12 pm

I also think it’s really important to note that the snow means that there’s build up and they can escape over the fence. It’s so important to microchip and tag your pups! I know so many cases where dogs are separated from their families over the holidays and it’s the worst experience. This is the article that I wrote. It’s so important.

Linda Myshrall March 11, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Great advice for any time of the year – although I am probably the only person on the planet who is so disorganized that the Christimas Tree continues to be a potential hazard past the middle of Jan. 🙂 I love the advice about the plants – especially the Poinsettias – mine are still alive (small wonder) so I’ll need to keep them on the other side of the garden gate. Anyway, great post and great advice. Thanks, Linda

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