As fun and festive as the holidays are, there are many risks and challenges for pet owners, too. Pay special attention to holiday safety for dogs to ensure no late-night trips to the emergency animal hospital. If you suspect your pet has ingested something toxic, reach out to Paducah Veterinary Clinic in Paducah for assistance. Keep the following items in mind this holiday season to keep your dogs safe:
Christmas decor is alluring to dogs, but it can also cause them to choke. Things like ornaments, tinsel, and strung baubles are particularly hazardous for curious dogs and puppies. Prevent access to the tree stand, also, prevent them from drinking tree water, which is full of harmful bacteria. Consider stringing some bells on the lower parts of your Christmas tree so you can hear when your dog is messing with it.
Many dogs are seen by their veterinarian this time of year for gastrointestinal distress which can come from too much people food. Dogs should not eat chocolate, most nuts, raisins, grapes, and any treats containing the sweetener, xylitol. Also, do not let your pet have access to alcoholic beverages, which can have toxic side effects.
Wipe your dog’s paws off each time it comes from the outside to get rid of any sidewalk salt or de-icer that could remain on its paws. Consider using cat litter in your yard and driveway to create a more pet-friendly environment.
Be wary of setting up potpourri or scented candles where pets can access them. Dogs might be attracted to the scent and potentially knock lit candles or wax burners over. Plus, essential oils and potpourri can be toxic for dogs and cats.
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Use these tips and tactics to keep your pet safe during this festive time of year and contact Paducah Veterinary Clinic for your dog’s next pet wellness exam. Call our team today at (270) 443-8835 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.