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Dog safety tips for this Christmas

Dog safety tips for this Christmas

When we think of Christmas, we usually think of our favourite Christmas films and TV advertisements. They bring a smile to our face as we reflect on cherished memories.

And sometimes they make us a laugh. Especially when they take a cinematic Christmas classic and reinvent it, such as:

A Christmas dog rendition off “Home Alone”, “Bone Alone” is much more than a fun family Christmas film. It is a reminder that we need to be safe during the holidays – especially for our furry family members! Dog safety should not be overlooked during the Christmas chaos!

So how do you keep your pups safe during the holidays?

The first thing you need to do to make sure Christmastime is safe for your dog is to explore your holiday environment for potential dangers. Even if you are hosting family and friends in your own home.

Walk around and make a list.

  • Check for situations where harm or escape can occur. ‘
  • If you find possible instances where your dog can escape or get injured, see what you can do to remove the possibility of it occurring.
  • For example, if your egg-nog loving uncle brings a curious looking Christmas decoration to the festivities -- an ornament that could be mistaken for food and could lead to a choking hazard -- make sure you dog doesn’t see it!

Curiosity, after all, won’t just kill the cat.

Also, if you have children around, double check that they are closing the front and back doors so your pup doesn’t make an escape. With heaps of families cooking up delicious Christmas feasts, your dog will not be able to control his or her insatiable hunger!

Beyond making a list for your Christmastime environment and checking it twice, what else can you do?

Make a bigger safety list!

Here are a few excellent dog safety tips from our mates at petmd, aspca, and peteducation.

While each safety list varies in regards to what they focus on, the underlying need in keeping your furry friend safe is consistent.

By making sure your dog safe, you will find your Christmas will become more enjoyable and relaxing. After all, our pups are part of our family and we want them to enjoy the holidays as much as we do!

We hope you and your furry family members keep safe during the holidays. If you have any potential safety concerns please give us a bell in store on 09 448 2227.