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Tips for the holidays with dog (part 1)

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With the winter holidays coming up or in swing, there are some things you should keep in mind to keep your canine pal happy and healthy this season:

Trees: Whether fresh or fake, always keep your tree anchored well. A curious pup or a tail can easily bring the tree down which can heighten electrical and ornament hazards. If you buy a fresh cut tree, make sure to vacuum or sweep up pine needles as they can puncture the intestines if ingested. And some of the additives to the water in the base can be hazardous so make sure your pooch can’t get to it and has fresh water at all times.

Decorations: Tinsel, popcorn strands, ribbons, etc. should be kept out of dog reach as those items can cause obstructions that could necessitate expensive surgery.

Electrical cords from lights can be awful tempting for a young pup so keep them secured at all times.

Candles should always be out of reach of paws and tails, and never left unattended.

Ornaments can be breakable and sharp, so try to keep those away from the bottom of your tree, many a happy tail has caused breakage and the danger can be worse if you’re not home. You know your dog best so decorate accordingly.

Holiday plants like mistletoe and holly are extremely poisonous so keep those items out of reach at all costs. Poinsettias may not truly be poisonous but may cause extreme stomach upset if eaten.

Stay tuned for part 2!

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