Keeping Your Dog Safe This Christmas

I can’t believe how fast this year has gone, does anyone else feel like it’s flowm by? I absolutely love the festive season though, it’s such a happy time of year, if you’re responsible. As Christmas quickly approaches, so does all the nasty things that come with it that can be very harmful for you pooch. I have put together some tips to make  your Christmas doesn’t end up at the vets.

Lets start with my pet peeve in the dog food industry… rawhide.

Rawhide is extremely dangerous to give to your dogs, and at Christmas time it manipulates owners with the misleading festive shapes and colours. Not only is rawhide a big chocking hazard, becoming slippery in your dogs mouth and almost impossible to dislodge, but it is also covered in harmful chemicals to give it the ‘fresh’ look which is very unnatural. The leather is bleached and preserved using toxic chemicals. These hides are then soaked and treated with ash-lye solution or a highly toxic recipe of sodium sulphide liming. Gross right? I bet you wouldn’t want to be consuming that, so why should your dog? This process is simply to make it look ‘pretty’ and ‘appealing’ to fool us, but why? Dogs don’t care about the appearance, so why should we? If you didn’t know of these dangers, you do now, so please opt for something natural and safe for your dog this Christmas and throw those rawhide treats away for good.

These are some examples of rawhide treats, including some festive ones that I’m sure we’ve all seen in pet stores:

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There are a variety of much safer long lasting chews available on the market. Devil Dood Direct have a great selection of chews, all 100% natural and far more tasty for your pooch.

Festive Human Food

Christmas is the perfect excuse to treat ourselves to delicious foods. However, a lot of the food we consume at this time of year is poisonous for our four legged friends, such as:

  • Chocolate
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Alcohol
  • Christmas Pudding
  • Christmas Cake
  • Mince Pies
  • Grapes and dried fruits
  • Apple seeds, peach and nectarine stones.
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Cooked bones
  • Mushrooms

Therefore, it is so important to keep these foods out of your dogs reach. Whilst I’m sure your dog would think they’ve found treasure if they find these tasty treats laying around, they would soon find themselves at the vets, which no owner wants for their four legged companion, and I’m sure your dog wouldn’t be too pleased either.

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The conumption of these foods can even be fatal, so please be careful and put your dogs health and safety first.

Christmas Decorations

I’m lucky with Max that he’s not at all interested in these intriguing decorations we all stock our houses with at Christmas, however a lot of dogs are. Of course, you don’t necessarily have to avoid using them, but be mindful of their placement in the house. A curious dog could knock over and break a decoration, and risk ingesting sharp pieces, which can cut their stomach lining. As well as this, avoid using tinsel – if ingested it can cut through your dog’s intestines every time they contract, which causes serious (and sometimes fatal) damage to the intestinal tract. This damage can cause a major irreversible injury to the intestine.

Fake snow on a Christmas tree can be very hazardous to pets if ingested, as well as the falling pine and water on real tree. If your dog is likely to be at risk, only let them be near the tree under supervision.

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Here are some tips to keep your pet safe this Christmas:

  • Avoid leaving candles lit in an empty room
  • Use electrical tape to secure cords so your dog can’t chew them
  • If your dog is overly interested in your tree orenmants, place them higher up on the tree so they’re out of reach
  • Use a tree skirt to cover up the tree water to avoid consumption

It is also important to ensure that your dog has access to somewhere safe. quiet and out the way, sometimes all our festive fun can be overwhelming for them so they may want to take themselves off to settle.

Last but not least, I hope you have a very merry Christmas!

Thanks for reading,

Charlotte and Maximus x

 

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