The holidays are just around the corner. Unfortunately for our pets, the holidays can be stressful and sometimes hazardous! It is up to us pet owners to keep our pets safe and happy this time of year.
Holiday visitors can be overwhelming to our pets. Not only do they disrupt the consistent schedules that our dogs thrive on, visitors may not be dog savvy when it comes to canine body language. Ways to prevent your dog from becoming stressed:
- Do not force pets to interact with anyone if they are not comfortable. In addition, do not allow your dog to interact with any human who does not feel comfortable around the dog.
- Pay attention to your dog’s body language. Signs of stress may include: yawning, lip licking, panting, and/or excessive sniffing.
- Try to keep to your pet’s routine as closely as possible. The more consistency your dog has, the less stress he or she will feel.
- Baby gates and crates can be wonderful tools. The barriers can create as much distance from company as needed.
- Calming products may be of use to your dog such as DAP collars and plug ins, Rescue Remedy, ProQuiet and more.
- Boarding at a reputable facility like K9 Kingdom is also an option. A clean, well run facility can give your dog the one on one attention he or she may be missing during the busy holiday time.
There are many common holiday hazards; many items which are safe for humans can be toxic to dogs. Here are some of the more common items to keep away from our dogs:
- Holiday plants such as mistletoe, poinsettias, holly and Christmas rose are all dangerous to pets. Click the link for a complete list of toxic plants.
- Chocolate and candy (especially any candy with xylitol as an ingredient) can be lethal to pets.
- Alcohol – Alcohol consumption can make our dogs sick. Guests may leave the occasional beverage on a table and your dog may help itself.
- Holiday feasts are tempting to all dogs, especially those who counter surf. Cooked bones can splinter and are not safe for consumption. Even safe, pet friendly treats can make for an upset stomach if given excessively by well meaning holiday guests.
- Holiday decorations are bright and exciting! They may resemble toys and can become obstructed if swallowed or cause other health problems. Never leave your dog unsupervised around decorations. Be sure to check outlets and do not allow your pet to chew on any electrical outlets.
K9 Kingdom is located in Wexford, PA and serves neighboring communities such as Cranberry, Bradford Woods, Allison Park, McCandless, and north Pittsburgh. Contact us today at 724-935-DOGS (3647) or visit our website at myk9kingdom.com for more information.
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