christmas dogThe holiday and winter season can be a busy and stressful time. With family and friends, parties and shopping it can be difficult to keep up with everything. As you continue with your busy schedule it’s important as a dog owner that you keep your furry friends safe and healthy. We see accidents and illness more than ever during the holidays.

Safety tips to keep your dogs safe during the holiday season:

  • If you have a real Christmas tree in your home, try your best to keep your pets away from it. Smaller ornaments and pine needles can create intestinal distress when ingested. Pets are even known to get wrapped up in tree lights. Try keeping the lights off the bottom few branches.
  • Also, keep plants such as holly and poinsettia away from your pets. These are poisonous to pets and need to be kept out of reach.
  • While the holidays are a great time to burn candles or fires in the fireplace, they can be a source of danger for your pets. A wagging tail has a mind of its own, so just be aware and keep the fire out of reach of your pets.

Other tips to keep your dog safe:

  • Make sure your dog is wearing a collar with I.d. Tag (with up-to-date contact info) in case of doors left open during parties.
  • Keep a crate or other safe place available for your dog to go to during family gatherings or holiday parties if they need a break.
  • Never leave dogs and children unsupervised (visiting nieces/nephews, cousins, etc). Even the friendliest dogs can be stressed by the unpredictability of children.
  • Keep candy, chocolates, alcohol and other holiday treats out of reach of your dog.
  • Program your local Emergency Vet’s phone number and address in cell phones and post them near home phones.

And if your dog has been a good pup all year, don’t forget to buy him a gift as well!