All dog owners in UK issued urgent warning at Christmas

During the holiday season there are a lot of changes for our puppies and with the change come new dangers.

Packages and visitors come through the door, decorations adorn the house, large meals are prepared with special foods, and wrapped gifts surround an indoor tree in your home.

While all of this together creates the most exciting time of year for people, it can also be stressful and risky for your furry best friends.

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Here are some of the most common dangers to your dogs this Christmas, according to Dogs Trust, and some tips for keeping them as safe as possible.

Christmas tree and decorations

With the twinkling lights come a lot of wires that could turn into electrical nightmares.

Dogs love to chew on things and if they see any wires lying loosely on the floor, they may think they have a new toy to chew on, resulting in an electrocution.

Keep the cords covered to keep the animals safe, and also try to keep the lower branches of the tree out of light.

If you catch your dog chewing on a cord, immediately unplug it and move it out of reach.

Also make sure your tree is secure to prevent it from falling on your dog and keep any decorations such as garlands or glass away from your dog to avoid injury.

Plants

Do your research before buying holiday plants.

Traditional holiday plants like mistletoe and holly are poisonous to dogs and can make them sick, so try to avoid them if you have pets in the house.

Poinsettias are not poisonous, but any ingestion of plants can lead to mouth irritation, vomiting and / or diarrhea.

For safety’s sake, avoid bringing clippings into your home to use as a garland unless you can identify the variety.

food

While we all love to treat each other during the holiday season and make sure our pets’ tummies are full and full, you need to be careful what you feed your dog.

Although they may seem to enjoy human food, there are many foods that can be toxic and dangerous to our pets.

The list below is just a few of the things your dog might encounter during the holiday season that they are not safe to eat.

  • Grapes, raisins or raisins (& wine)
  • Chocolate – remember that chocolate decorations on the tree are easy to choose
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Christmas tarts & pudding
  • Foods high in fat / fat
  • Baked Christmas Meat Bones
  • Attorney
  • Onion
  • Holly berries
  • Alcohol
  • Xylitol – an artificial sweetener found in some sugar-free foods

For dog friendly Christmas recipes, visit the Dogs Trust website here.

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