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Six Tips for Keeping your Dog Safe this Christmas

Christmas is right around the corner!  A busy house full of guests and noise can be very stressful for your dog, and all those holiday decorations and foods can pose risks.

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Six Tips for Keeping your Dog Safe this Christmas

Help your dog have a healthy and happy Christmas by following these six tips:

1.       If you’re hosting celebrations, exercise your dog before your guests arrive. This will help her de-stress and make her more likely to nap once the festivities are underway.

2.       Create a safe, quiet place for your dog to relax away from the party. Even the most social creatures need a break sometimes. It’s also help to play music or leave the TV on.

3.       Don’t give in to those looks. Christmas food includes some of the most dangerous foods for dogs to consume. Festive foods can be fatal, so don’t give in to those pleading looks!  Particularly, do not let your dog anywhere near alcohol, avocado, chocolate, Christmas pudding, coffee, cooked bones, currants, fruit cake, grapes, gravy, ham, macadamia nuts, marinades, onion, pork, raisins or anything with artificial sweeteners.  Your dog can be very crafty when it comes to figuring out ways to obtain special treats, so keep an eye out for any changes in appearance or behavior, including poor breathing, excessive panting, muscle twitching, vomiting and diarrhea. If you think your dog has eaten something she shouldn’t have, please take her to the vet as soon as possible.

4.       Keep Christmas decorations out of reach. Your dog may think the balls hanging from the tree look like toys or tennis balls, but if a plastic or glass ornament breaks in her mouth, it could cause serious damage. Edible decorations like candy canes also pose a risk. It’s best to hang anything risky near the top of the tree.

5.       Clean up wrapping paper quickly after presents have been opened. If chewed, wrapping paper and ribbons can prove dangerous for your dog’s intestines.

6.       Don’t forget to give your dog a special Christmas treat! She shouldn’t miss out on all the holiday cheer.  You can have some fun with this one. You could create a treasure hunt of dry food or treats around the house or yard, make her favorite stuffed kong, or take some time to play her favorite games with her.  

As an added bonus, here is Coddled Critters Professional Pet Services’ delicious and quick recipe to make some holiday cookies your dog will love.  I know my Pookie and Pepper love them!

Pumpkin Almond Cookies

Ingredients: 

1/4 cup coconut our
1 egg
1/2 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 Tbsp. almond butter
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
Dash of cinnamon, ginger, or clove (optional) 

Procedure: 

Mix all the ingredients together, form into small 1 to 2-inch cookies.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 325°F for 30 minutes.   Store extra portions in the freezer or refrigerator and consume within one week. If stored in the freezer, this can stay fresh for up to three months. 

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