Happy Holidays to you and your furry friend!

It’s this time of the year again –  Holidays are coming up, and with all its beauty and joy comes also along some trouble for our beloved furry friends.

Since we all want our dogs to be part of our Holiday celebrations, it’s best to keep some important guidelines in mind, to keep them safe and away from danger.

 Food

All the good smelling food tempts even the most well behaved dog to put on his best pleading puppy-face to get at least one bite of the delicious meal!
Refrain from giving your pup rich, fatty foods; it will only upset his stomach and might lead to diarrhea. The last thing you want have to do is to clean up behind your dog with the house full of guests.

Here are some foods which are dangerous for your dog and should be out of reach all the time:

  • Chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is.
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Spicy, fatty and saturated table scraps
  • Bones (especially cooked chicken or turkey bones, which tent to splint easily)
  • Alcoholic beverages

You can still spoil your dog by giving him a piece of chicken/turkey breast, lean red meat, green vegetables (cooked), cooked or raw carrots, apples, or by adding some rice to the food; none of it should be spiced.

  Decoration & plants

Watch your decorations, poisonous plants and electrical cords! Dogs are curious creatures, wanting to find out how things smell and taste.  

  • Secure your christmas tree
  • Tuck away electrical cords
  • Keep decorations out of reach, your dog might chew on it and digest it.
  • List of poisonous Holiday plants: Holly, Mistletoe, Poinsettias and Lilies
  • Make sure not to add anything like Aspirin or other chemicals to the water to keep plants fresh.

 Stress

It is supposed to be a relaxing time. Truth is, the weeks leading to the actual Holiday and the Holiday itself are loaded with hectic and even chaos at times. Your pet feels your stress and doesn’t quite understand what it’s all about.

  • Make sure to keep the same feeding routine
  • Exercising your dog helps reducing stress. A tired dog is also less likely to cause any trouble.
  • If you have a house full of guests, and especially kids, make sure to give your dog a break. Even the calmest dog has its “enough” moment.

 Don’t let your dog get lost!

With people coming in and out the door, your dog might disappear without you first noticing it.

  • Keep a collar on your dog during the Holidays. Make sure the identification on it is current (phone number, address etc.)
  • Have your dog microchiped. This is very important, not only during the Holiday season.
  • Have your data updated. If you use a tag which is traceable on the internet, make sure you have current info and a picture uploaded.
  • Ask your guests to keep the door closed. You might want to hang up a sign.
  • In case your dog got lost, contact shelters like the San Diego Humane Society or County of San Diego Animal Department and involve websites like HomeAgainPetRescuers.

Unleashed Dog Fitness wishes a Happy and safe Holiday!

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