Below are a few holiday proofing suggestion to protect your tree, your home and your pet:
- Use clear fishing line to attach the tree to the ceiling and prevent it from being knocked over.
- Use plastic hooks or ties instead of wire ones to attach ornaments.
- Place breakable or sentimental ornaments towards the top of the tree.
- Supervise your dog around the tree at all times. If Fido is tempted by the tree you will be nearby to correct him.
- Confine your dog from the tree if you are not home are able to supervise him. If your dog cannot access the tree, he cannot make bad decisions.
- Place candles high and out of the way of inquiring noses and wagging tails.
- Plant Dangers: Most Christmas plants are poisonous to dogs and cats. Keep poinsettia’s, Christmas cactus and mistletoe out of your dog’s reach. Better yet, keep them entirely out of your home.
- Food Dangers: Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and poultry bones can splinter causing major intestinal problems. Keep candy and snacks out of your dogs reach and keep an eye on food left out on the table or kitchen counter.
- Treats: Just because it is the time of year to “give” do not go overboard and let your dog have a whole package of treats.
- People food: Foods that your dog is not used to can upset their stomach and disrupt your festivities. The last thing you want on Christmas is a family member with diarrhea or is throwing up.
Plan ahead, be proactive and use common sense when it comes to the holidays and your puppy. To all my fellow pet owners around the world; have a safe, abundant and blessed holiday!