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The holidays are a wonderful time of year; friends and family visiting and an abundance of new toys for your pet.  Those annual holiday items we think are beautiful and peaceful are viewed as toys by your dog and then a menace when they ingest it.  To make sure that your holiday runs smoothly, here are a few tips to dog proof your house during the holidays.  These suggestions should be used for other your other pets as well, like cats and ferrets.

Everyone loves the holiday lights that glow beautifully in the night this time of year; but there is an unseen hazard.  Dogs, especially those who are over curious, will find the cords to your indoor and outdoor lights a toy.  This is a hazard if your dog chews on the cords, they could expose the wiring which could shock or even electrocute your pet.  To avoid this, make sure to tie your cords together and hide them under a sheet or cord cover and check regularly that your pet hasn’t messed with the cords.

The tree looks beautiful to us but to a dog it is covered with lots of toys.  All those shiny, glittery balls are great to knock off the tree, then break, and then eat.  And once it’s eaten, the problems multiply.  The last thing you want during the holidays is a pet with a blocked intestine and in need of surgery.  Set your tree off the floor on boxes and cover those boxes with a large tree skirt, and don’t hang ornaments too low where your pet can get to them.

Everyone knows the best food of the year is made during the holiday season.  There is a lot of turkey, chocolates, cakes, cookies, and the list goes on.  All of these foods are dangerous to your pet.  After cooking a turkey, make sure the keep it out of the way where your dog can’t get at it, and when you are finished with the turkey, take the trash with the bones out to a lidded trash can immediately.  Dogs love turkey bones which are sharp and can puncture the intestines if eaten.  Many meals contain a chocolate treat this time of year as well.  Chocolate is a poison to dogs and should be kept out of reach at all times.  Keep an eye on your dog to make sure it’s not getting into anything they shouldn’t be.

Dogs react to alcohol just like anyone does.  Except, your dog has a low tolerance and can get sick from it.  Every year beloved pets die from alcohol poisoning.  Don’t let them drink from the punch bowl or the eggnog.  Keep it out of reach of your pet.

Holiday plants like poinsettias, mistletoe and holly can be dangerous to pets.  Recent studies have shown that the plants are not as dangerous as they were thought to be, but they can still cause stomach upset for your pet.  Use fake plants instead, just make sure that your pet doesn’t eat the fake flowers which are also dangerous.

Dogs, like humans and all other living organisms, need food. The right food is important, it makes your dog look, act, and feel better. The wrong foods can upset their stomachs, give them gas, make them appear unhealthy, or even be fatal. Here is some information to help you decide what foods are best for your dog.

Dogs should be maintained on dog food. Whether it be dry or wet food or a mixture of both. There are many dog food companies out there and all of them want you to purchase their food. But which is right for your dog. The first rule about dog food; look on the back of the package at the ingredients. If it starts with anything including the word “meal”, this is a poor food. Good foods will always start the ingredients with a real meat like chicken, lamb or beef.


Many people like to feed their dogs people food. If you know what is good and bad, then it’s ok. But where does that hazy gray line come in? The second rule about dog food; if you shouldn’t eat it, neither should your dog. Giving your dog the scraps at the end of the meal is not good. These scraps are pieces of fat, bone and unedible material, your dog doesn’t know that, but relies on you to feed him appropriately. Some of these scrap foods can make your dog overweight, cause intestinal blockage, or gastroenteritis.

So what can you feed your dog off the table that won’t raise your vet bill? Start with some vegetables. Third rule about dog food, always feed your dog raw or frozen plain vegetables. This means no canned vegetables and no vegetables marinated in butter or other tasty sauces. Good foods are broccoli, carrots, green beans and cauliflower. The downside to the tasty goodness, the gas. Broccoli and cauliflower are known to cause caustic gas. When it comes to meat, feed them steak, chicken or pork, as long as it is not covered in seasonings.

Foods for dogs that are absolute no-nos; well there’s a few and they have serious consequences. Chocolate is poisonous; it causes gastroenteritis and can lead to death if not dealt with quickly. Garlic, onions and shallots are all poisonous. If you season your meats or vegetables, make sure they don’t contain these ingredients. Here is a link to foods poisonous to your pets.
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1659&aid=1030

Proper food makes for a healthier dog. Feed your dog well, treat often, but make sure it’s doggie safe.

If you notice that your pet got into something they shouldn’t have, call your vet immediately.  Let your vet know if you notice any changes in bowel movements, eating and drinking habits, playfulness, lethargy; these symptoms will help your vet pin point your pet’s problem and help to solve it sooner.

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Have a happy holiday season and remember to animal proof your house for the holidays.

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4 Responses to “Yappy Holidays! Keep Your Loved Ones Safe”

  • I received a heartbreaking call, recently… An associate of mine met a man on the street who was walking a small dog. The guy stood out because his dog was crying out; straining in an attempt to void his bowels. My associate reported that the dog’s handler seemed unconcerned about the dog’s obvious discomfort.

    As it was explained to me, the little dog has a long history of pica (inappropriate ingestion of inedible objects) and has had many veterinary visits, at no small expense and the dog’s handler was ANGRY with the dog. I was told that, once again, the dog had swallowed stuff -n this case, tinsel was involved.

    The owner had decided that he was no longer going to spend money on the dog and that he’d simply wit to see if the dog would die…

    Unfortunately, my associate was unable to get any identifying information from the owner and he was unwilling to surrender the dog.

    I cringe to think that this person allowed that dog to suffer, especially when the repeated pica issue could have been handled with better management of the dog in the home environment.

    Very sad.

    Dennis P. Owens

  • Jason says:

    Thanks for sharing these ideas. Even though I know these things, it does take someone like you reminding me of some of these things, like giving bones to dogs. I like to give my dogs what I eat.

  • Steven says:

    Paige,
    I miss seeing your posts. Where have you been? You have such a hug heart for animals and I hope you never stop your posts this long again!

    Happy holidays to you and your ferrets.

    • Paige says:

      Steven:

      Thanks for your kind words. I was busy with my event in New Orleans then took a little time off. I am back on track now.

      Happy holidays to you too!

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