Part 2 of Practica’s « Christmas Vacation » Holiday Pet Tips

The holidays can be pretty hectic with pets in the house. ¬†Last week we talked about some important tips to keep your dogs safe around the dinner table. ¬†Tuck those turkey bones and tying strings away and out of reach. ¬†Make sure your guests are aware that they shouldn’t feed the dog from the table. ¬†Items like turkey skin, gravy, and onions are all harmful and a potential mess waiting to happen. ¬†This week we’ll add a few more food facts and talk about some other preventative measures you can take to avoid a National Lampoons level disaster!

« He drank a half quart of penzoil… When he lifted his leg the next morning.. Whoo Hoo »

While these food items are a little bit more common knowledge, it is important to reiterate the dangers. Chocolate, grapes, and coffee beans can easily roll off of a counter top or be left unattended. ¬†Make sure that you and your guests are aware of the danger to your dog and that everyone is careful. ¬†Last but certainly not least, DON’T GIVE YOUR PETS ALCOHOL! ¬†This should be painfully obvious, but there is sometimes that guest that lacks a little bit of judgement, and thinks it’s funny to get the dog drunk. ¬†It’s not funny, it’s not fair to the poor dog that has no choice, and it’s animal abuse. ¬†Please treat the dogs at the party with respect and be careful with your food and drink.

cousin eddie

« Relax Clark, a little tree water ain’t gonna hurt him »

Whether there is a squirrel in your tree, or perhaps just some enticing ornaments, things can go wrong in a hurry. ¬†Curious pets may be tempted enough to try climbing the tree, and will likely at least nose around it. ¬†To avoid a tree disaster, make sure that it is anchored, or at least that the base is solid and balanced. ¬†Fragile ornaments can break into small and sharp pieces. ¬†Make sure to hang those types of ornaments closer to the top of the tree, out of reach from curious pets. ¬†Lastly, if you have a dog roaming the house, you are best not to use any chemical additives in your tree water. ¬†These additives can be harmful to dogs, and dogs are likely to test the water if they find it. ¬†To be safe though, best to do some seasonal training to keep the dog away from the tree all together, especially if it’s name happens to be Louis!

Uncle Louis

« If That thing had nine lives, she just spent’em all.. Whew! »

Use a few preventative measures to avoid some potential pet trouble with lights, cords, and candles. Your pets may decide that chewing on extension cords seems like a good idea. ¬†However, you will not want them to learn the hard way that it’s not. ¬†So grab some tape to secure and cover any extension cords running along the floor. ¬†It could save grandma from a nasty trip and fall too. ¬†There are also pet proof cords that are available on the market, or sprays that act as a deterrent for pets that want to chew on cords. ¬†Candles are another regularly used decoration over the holidays. ¬†They are wonderful in the right circumstances, but not so good when misplaced. ¬†Make sure to keep candles out of the way of either playing pets or wagging tails to avoid a Griswoldian holiday tragedy.

christmas vacation

« She wrapped up her damn cat »

New pets are a popular gift this time of year. ¬†Just make sure that you and your family are ready for the commitment. ¬†We don’t need to end up with any more homeless pets if someone decides that it’s too much work. ¬†One good option is to wrap up an adoption kit that includes some toys, a leash, food bowls, etc. ¬†This way the receiver of the gift will be able to help pick out their dog of choice, and you can discuss the responsibilities before hand to plan accordingly. ¬†Always remember that adoption is a great option. ¬†What better gift to give a dog for the holidays, than a new home and loving family!

wrapped up her cat

« That’s the gift that keeps on givin, the whole year »

Last but certainly not least, our last tip for a happy holiday season, is to be safe, have fun, and give a little bit back to the community. ¬†Not only are many dogs in shelters awaiting the homes of loving and prepared families, but many charities are also always in need of volunteers and donations. ¬†Check out our blog about dog guides (Click for Link)¬†and read about the awesome work that is done by organizations such as the Lions Foundation for Canada Dog Guides (Click for Link). ¬†Practica would like to wish you, your family, and your dogs, the hap hap happiest Christmas since… well you know the rest. ¬†Enjoy the holidays everyone and have a happy New Year!

merry christmas