Tips to a Safe 4th of July

hWith Independence Day just around the corner, it’s important to remember some simple tips to keep your dog happy and safe!

        1. Keep your dog indoors and in a safe place. Many dogs frightened by fireworks. If you know your dog is scared of fireworks or you aren’t sure, make sure your dog is inside so he or she doesn’t bolt when out of nowhere there’s a big boom over their heads.
        2. No handouts! People food is meant for people; dog food is for dogs. Too many handouts can make your dog sick: not a fun way to start the holidays.
        3. If you’re having company, make sure you keep a room set apart just for your dog. This can limit chances for dogs to get out the door later in the evening and also helps keep your dog’s stress levels down.
        4. If your dog is afraid of fireworks, turning on the radio or t.v. can help drown out the noise and keep your dog calmer.
        5. Make sure you have tags on your dog. That way just in case your dog does get out, you’ll have a better chance of being reunited quickly.

Keeping your dog safe is key to having an enjoyable holiday. Enjoy your Fourth of July!

 

Christmas Dangers

Christmas is coming! With all the joy of the holidays it can be easy to forget about the dangers for your pets that also come with the season. Keep some of these tips in mind as you enter the holidays!

 

        1. Dogs love to unwrap Christmas presents! This is great fun on Christmas day, but before then, it can cause serious problems. Make sure not to put anything under the tree that your dog will be tempted to open. Anything that smells good will definitely catch their attention; like a nice leather wallet or belt, or yummy food, like chocolate.
        2. Poinsettias bring Christmas cheer wherever they are seen. However, it is important to know that these festive plants are very poisonous to your pets. Best to keep them far out of reach.
        3. Christmas decorations are always fun! Or are they? Be careful with light cords as dogs and puppies especially, love chewing on them. Keep cords in a protector or out of reach in some other way to prevent electrocution.
        4. Another common Christmas time hazard is tinsel. Tinsel can be very harmful if swallowed by your dog. Tinsel tangles up in animals’ intestines or punctures their sensitive organ walls.
        5. Often times during the holidays candy is left out in dishes on counters or low tables. Make sure these stay out of reach of your pets. Chocolate contains theobromine, and many candies are sweetened with xylitol; both of which can be fatal when ingested by our pets.
        6. With all the food at the table and those begging eyes looking up at you, it can be very tempting to give just a little human food to your pet. Don’t give in! Most of the food on the table will just upset your dog’s stomach.

 

Buying Safe Toys

As you buy Christmas toys for your dogs, be sure to look carefully at the quality of the toys you are buying! It isn’t difficult to find safe toys, you just have to know what to stay away from. Buying toys that aren’t safe can cause serious issues.

If a toy has parts attached to it, be sure all the parts are securely on the toy and don’t look like they will fall off with time or wear. Little parts can fall off toys and get lodged in a dog’s mouth very quickly.

Also be careful what squeaky toys you buy. Many discount stores sell toys with small squeakers that puppies can easily chew off and they can become a choking hazard or become lodged in their intestines requiring expensive surgery to remove.

Don’t Let Your Dog in the Kitchen

Kitchens are not safe for dogs! They shouldn’t be allowed in the kitchen when someone is cooking.

Hot liquids, heavy pans and sharp utensils can seriously injure a dog and the cook if your dog gets underfoot.

Insist that your dog remain out of the kitchen when you’re cooking. Claim that space as yours and don’t surrender it!

If you feed your dog in the kitchen, don’t do so while cooking, wait until after the meal, or cook after the dog has finished eating.