How to Keep Your Puppy Safe During The Holidays


Protecting your pet during the holidays is the best present you can give the newest arrival to your home. Being a responsible pet owner means considering factors like food, supervision, environment and travel plans. “Follow these safety tips to keep your pet happy and healthy this season,” said Keryn Rod of Purebred Breeders.

>> Holiday plants: Your puppy needs protection from its own sense of smell and curiosity. Many of the plants and flowers we have in the home can be a toxic temptation to dogs. Mistletoe, holly, lilies, and poinsettias can be harmful if eaten. Christmas trees, while not toxic have sharp pine needles.

Decorate the top and not the bottom of your tree. Tinsels and ornaments can be ingested, and wires and batteries can cause shocks. Tabasco on wires reduces the temptation to be chewed. Encase wires or hide them behind furniture. Candles should never be left unattended and the food-scented variety should be avoided. Keep Hanukah candles out of the reach of your pet.

>> Food: Feed your pet treats, not human food. Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be poisonous. When you make a toast to your new pet, make its drink water. Alcohol can be very harmful all breeds.

>> Visitors: Unfamiliar faces and constant doorbells can be stressful. Opened front door can result in your dog running outside, and go missing during the holidays. Identification tags and micro chipping ensures that if your dog gets lost, he/she can be located. Like humans, some pets love visitors while others may be fearful. Know your pup and plan accordingly.

>> Travel today can be stressful for your puppy. Make sure to have a Pet Safety Checklist: Keep pet tags current; have a picture of pets in your wallet and cell phone; pack medicine and a first aid kit; carry both a short and long leash.

If boarding your pet, make reservations to avoid crowded facilities and ensure vaccinations are updated.

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