The holidays are here, and it’s important to keep dogs in mind—it can be a dangerous time of year for them. Foods like chocolate and sugars can mean digestive problems; mistletoe, glow lights, and gift wrap can be hazardous.
Pet Parent Question:
“I love holiday decorations. How do I keep my dog safe and still enjoy my festive decorations?”
Always know where your dog is. Keeping him in a safe space in the house when many guests are there reduces stress for your dog and you. Giving your dog special chew toys and his own healthy treats and bones to occupy him is helpful. Hang the decorations at a level your dog cannot reach. If your dog is older (not a puppy) he may be curious about the decorations and then ignore them. A puppy is much more of a concern as they are high-energy and very curious. Giving your dog a lot of exercise will help him feel tired and have less curious energy in the house. Holidays can be a very busy time. We need to include our dogs and give them attention. After all, they’re members of the family, too.
Donna Chicone is an award-winning author, TEDx speaker and advocate for dogs. She lives in Woodbury. You might find her engaged in pet-assisted therapy work.