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It's A Dog's Life - YOUR Dog's! Newsletter
December 15, 2012

Save your dog's life with dog first aid!

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Dog Christmas Dangers

Christmas is a great time of the year to spend with family and friends, but don't forget about little Scruffy while all the excitement and celebration is going on. Last month we talked about the dangers of Thanksgiving food for dogs, but this month there are even more risky situations that could harm your pup. Here are 7 pooch-related dangers that you should be aware of this holiday season.

#1 – Decorations

Christmas tree ornaments, lights, candles, and tinsel all pose serious threats to dogs. Think about what your dog's toys look like – they're bright, compact, and just the right size for your dog's mouth. Now, think about what the ornaments in that box in the attic look like - they're bright, compact, and just the right size for your dog's mouth! You know what they're for, but to your dog it looks like you just tied 30 new toys to a tree.

Christmas lights seem to attract dogs as well, and it's very easy for an animal to get electrocuted by chewing on the chords. Keep loose chords secured firmly to the floor or wall and keep an eye on what your dog is doing.

#2 – Alcohol

Whether it's eggnog, wine, or beer, alcohol poses a serious threat to animals. They can easily become intoxicated from just a few sips and too much can put them into a coma. Dogs tend to go after unattended alcoholic drinks more so than cats, so try to be mindful of where you lay your cup down.

#3 – Water for the Christmas Tree

A lot of people treat their Christmas tree water with fertilizers and chemicals to help it stay fresh longer. Many of these chemicals are toxic if ingested, so read the label carefully before using any. For an animal that has no problem drinking out of the toilet, a bowl of water on the living room floor is going to be very tempting. Try to find fertilizers that are animal safe, or don't use any.

#4 – Food

Not all holiday food is dangerous (but watch out for onions, garlic, artificial sweeteners, and fatty foods), but feeding your dog a lot of new, unusual food can give him or her some serious stomach problems. Fat from ham or turkey can wreak havoc on a dog's pancreas.

#5 – Plants

Holiday plants aren't too much to worry about, although pointsettas and mistletoe are toxic if swallowed. Like the ornaments, new plants can be exciting and worth a nibble in your dog's mind.

#6 – Medication

The family is in town for the holidays and mom left her heartburn medication out on the living room coffee table again. Be especially mindful of unattended medications as they can pose serious threats to canines, even more so than the odd scrap of holiday food.

#7 – Trash Cans

You probably know whether or not your pup likes to dig through the trash by now, but be aware that holidays make it more likely for dogs to go gold digging in the nearest receptacle. The combination of new, enticing scents and the excitement of having new people in the house can make it very easy for him to forget some of his training. Keep a secure lid on all trash bins so your dog doesn't find some delicious morsels he shouldn't eat.

Happy Holidays!

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