It’s exciting, busy, and festive — with decor and yummy food all around.
But the truth is, the very things that make this season so exciting and festive for us…
Can actually be highly dangerous to our dogs.
So today, we would like to share with you Dr. Marty’s Holiday Safety Guide.
After all, this guide can help you enjoy all of your favorite holiday traditions WITH your dog…
And help keep your pup safe and sound 🙂
#1: Avoid decorating with tinsel
Tinsel is shiny, makes a fun noise, and can easily be mistaken as a toy by your pup.
But tinsel can cause a MAJOR digestive disaster for your dog if they ingest it —
And can even lead to an emergency vet visit.
THIS is why I recommend avoiding tinsel altogether, so your pup can’t get ahold of it.
#2: “Chew proof” your holiday lights
If you’re putting up a Christmas tree this year…
Be sure to securely tape any loose cords to the wall.
This way, they’re out of sight and out of mind — so your pup isn’t as tempted to chew or gnaw on them.
And remember: Always unplug your holiday lights when you’re not home.
That way, if your dog does manage to get ahold of the lights OR knock your tree over (because accidents do happen)…
They’re less likely to get hurt or start an electrical fire.
Instead, you might come home to a guilty-looking pup and a bit of a mess… which can always be cleaned up 🙂
#3: Hide your holiday sweets
It simply wouldn’t be the holidays without candy canes, chocolates, and cookies.
But as you probably know, sweet treats like these can be harmful to your pup.
So I recommend keeping them in an airtight container — or somewhere your dog can’t reach.
That way, your pup won’t be able to sneak a treat.
Tip: You can always keep a stash of your pup’s favorite pure protein rewards somewhere handy…
So you can support your pup’s overall health, AND let them enjoy their own holiday treats 🙂
#4: Watch out for toxic plants
Believe it or not, most of the plants we associate with holiday cheer are poisonous to dogs.
Now, I’m talking about holly, mistletoe, amaryllises, lilies, and poinsettias in particular.
So, if you plan on decorating your home with these plants…
Please make sure they’re kept in a place where your dog can’t reach them, or avoid them altogether.
And if holiday plants like these are a must-have in your house…
You can always try swapping them out for realistic-looking fake ones.
#5: “Dogify” your holiday parties!
If you plan on hosting any holiday gatherings this year…
All the new “strangers” around the house can feel a little overwhelming for your pup.
That’s why I recommend creating their own “safe space”.
Just gather a few cozy blankets and their favorite toys…
Then put them in a room where your dog can retreat to — whenever they need.
Now, while my pup Joey prefers his space…
Redford and Tilly love bouncing from person to person for all the lovin’s — and to try to win over human food.
So if your dog is a social butterfly…
Stick some friendly “Please Don’t Feed The Pup” signs around your house.
After all, some guests might now know which foods are safe for your dog to eat, and which ones to avoid.
These tips have helped me avoid plenty of holiday mishaps over the years…
And I know they can be super helpful for you too.
After all, things can get hectic this time of year…
But knowing your dog is safe can give you some much-needed peace of mind…
And it can help your DOG join in on the holiday fun, too!
– Dr. Marty