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It's Christmas time: is your new dog safe?

It's that time of the year again for the cute little puppies all tied up in bows, wrapped in pretty little packages waiting under the tree on Christmas morning.  Although, puppies can make great gifts and little Tommy or Jane will be thrilled with the present. Please make sure that you use caution with that new puppy or that older dog.

Here are some Christmas time safety suggestions:

  • Know where your dog is at all times
  • Supervise dogs and children playing together
  • Keep your routine as normal as possible
  • If you are going to have a party- play with your dog before the party. He/she will be too tired to be mischevious.
  • Make sure your dog is either tethered or in another room when guests arrive. This prevents the animal from dashing out the door.
  • Don't use toothpicks. Guests can drop them on the floor and your dog could pick it up and swallow one without your knowledge
  • Be sure to put all garbage in a garbage cans with dog-proof lids or behind closed doors.
  • Make sure your dog is not given turkey bones. These can splinter and do internal damage.
  • Don't put your Christmas tree near a window that you dog always looks out
  • Keep all decorations, ornaments, ribbons, yarn and wrapping paper out of your dog's reach.
  • Keep edible ornaments away as well ie., popcorn, gumbrops, bread dough. The paints can be toxic to your dog.
  • Most all Christmas plants are poisonous to your dog. Keep them all away from your dog. Better to be safe than sorry.
  • Lights- make sure you turn them off when you leave the house. It's best to put some taste deterrent on them like Bitter Apple or Tabasco sauce. If possible hide the wiring behind furniture.

The phone number for the National Poison Control are 888-426-4435 and 900-860-0000

By all means this article does not cover all safety issues. Just use common sense and you and your dog should be safe for the holidays.

Merry Christmas!