It’s fun to include your dog in your holiday celebrations but the last thing you want to do is end up at your veterinarian’s office for an emergency visit. Here is some advice to help you keep things safe and fun.
•Avoid large quantities of high fat foods, especially those with a lot of spice. If your dog has had sensitive stomach issues in the past, avoid sharing table scraps.
•Never give your pet alcohol or chocolate. Instead look for treats specifically made for dogs or try a new dog-friendly recipe. Some of our favorites are Greenies, bully sticks and the edible Nylabones. Remember treats are never a substitute for a balanced diet.
•Make sure all electrical wires are hidden and out of reach if your pet.
•Don’t use popcorn strings and tinsel to decorate. This is very tempting for your dog and if swallowed can be extremely dangerous.
•If sledding with your dog beware of sharp runners. Never force your dog onto the sled. If you do take your dog with you, remember even a small hill can result in a sudden stop throwing your dog to the ground.
•Have your dog wear his collar with ID at all times so that if he happens to get loose he has a better chance of being recovered.
•Before your guests arrive take precautions to keep your dog from bolting out the front door.
Dorice Stancher, MBA, CPDT-KA Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT), Consultant for Pet Therapy, Writer for AKC Family Dog and Gazette, Owner of Canines Can Do