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Keeping Your Dog Safe During the Holidays

With the holidays quickly approaching, it’s important to be aware of how to keep your pet safe during this festive season. While our furry friends are excited to join in on the festivities, there are certain precautions that need to be taken in order to ensure their safety. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips for keeping your dog safe and happy during the holidays.


Secure Holiday Plants

When it comes time to decorate your home for the holidays, there are likely going to be some plants involved. Unfortunately, many holiday plants (such as poinsettias) can be toxic if ingested by pets. This is why it’s important to take extra measures when it comes to securing these plants out of reach of your pup. Be sure that all holiday plants are placed in high areas where they cannot be reached by curious dogs—or better yet, opt for artificial versions of these plants instead!


Watch Out For Food Hazards

The holidays inevitably bring with them a plethora of delicious treats and foods that could potentially pose a risk to your pet’s health. Chocolate is one food item that should never be given to pets as it can cause an array of health issues including vomiting and seizures if consumed in larger amounts. Keep chocolate-containing treats far away from curious noses and replace them with pet-safe snacks like frozen carrots or bananas! Additionally, make sure any bones or fatty foods are kept out of reach as well; these items can cause blockages or other gastrointestinal issues if ingested by dogs.


Keep Stress Levels Low

The holidays can bring about an array of stressful situations for both humans and animals alike. Make sure you provide ample opportunities for your pup to relax and unwind in order to avoid any stress-related issues such as excessive barking or anxiety-driven behavior. If you have guests over at your house during the holidays, make sure they understand not to overwhelm your pup with too many hugs and kisses as this can lead to feelings of discomfort or fearfulness in some dogs. It may also help create a space where they can go relax if they feel overwhelmed so that they don’t have to handle all the commotion happening around them at once!


Conclusion

As you get ready for the upcoming holiday season, make sure you take into consideration our tips for keeping your dog safe during this joyous time! By avoiding hazardous food items, securing holiday plants away from reachable areas, and creating a comfortable environment for relaxation--you're setting yourself up for success when it comes time for celebrating with family and friends (and four-legged friends)! Have a happy (and safe!) holiday season full of love and laughter!

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