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Holiday Hazards for Dogs

The holiday season is a wonderful time to spend some quality time with our loved ones, enjoying seasonal traditions like gift exchanges, decorating, and those scrumptious holiday feasts. If you have a dog, you’ll want to take some simple precautions to keep Fido safe, happy, and healthy during this special time of year, however, as the holidays do offer many ways for our canine pals to get into trouble. In this article, a North Phoenix, AZ veterinarian lists some commons holiday dangers for dogs.

Food

No doubt Fido will be paying close attention as those delicious dishes come out of the oven, and hoping to score himself some yummy snacks. Feel free to give your pup healthy treats, such as plain, cooked meat without the fat or bones, but be careful what you feed him. Chocolate; bones; caffeine; alcohol; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocados; macadamia nuts; raw dough; garlic, onions, and scallions; and products containing xylitol are all dangerous to our canine buddies. If you’re having company, ask your guests not to feed your pooch without your permission.

Decorations

Be very careful when choosing and hanging decorations. Avoid small objects that could choke your pet. Tinsel, ribbons, and lights can also be dangerous for our canine pals. Many traditional holiday plants, like holly, ivy, and mistletoe are toxic to dogs: choose fake ones, or place them in secure spots that Fido can’t reach. Last but not least, if you have a real tree, keep the water bowl covered, so your furry friend can’t drink it, as the tree’s water could contain sap or toxic chemical residue.

Security

If you’re having company, keep an eye on Fido as people are coming and going. You don’t want your pet jumping on people, or slipping out an open door! If your dog gets anxious or territorial around guests, use a baby gate to keep him comfortably contained in a quiet room with his food, treats, toys, and bedding. Make sure your pooch knows the basic commands, which are Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down. If your friends and family members are bringing four-legged buddies of their own, make sure that Fido and his furry pals are well-trained, and are current on their shots and parasite control products, before letting them play.

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Bell Animal And Bird Hospital, your North Phoenix, AZ veterinary clinic!

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