Holiday Safety Tips for You and Your Pooch

‘Tis the season for celebrating with friends, family and Fido, but when it comes to Fido’s safety this holiday season there’s a few tips to keeping them safe and out of harm’s way!

Food Safety:

We know how tempting it can be to scrape leftovers into your dog’s bowl, but before you pass along the goodies here’s a few dangerous foods to avoid:

  • Chocolate is especially dangerous!
  • Xylitol, which is used to sweeten many different types of gum candy.
  • Grapes and raisins.
  • Nuts are generally not good for dogs, especially Macadamia nuts and walnuts.
  • Make sure they don’t get into the garbage; Fido could easily swallow a bone. The garbage also contains other hazards such as greasy aluminum foil, plastic wrap, string and ribbons.

Christmas Trees and Wreaths:

Bringing the outdoors in for festive decorations can be done safely, correctly and beautifully by taking a few precautionary steps this season:

  • Ensure the tree is in a stable stand and, if possible, secure it to a wall to ensure it won’t topple over.
  • Needles from trees, wreaths and garland can be both toxic and very sharp. Be sure to sweep up any fallen needles as soon as possible. Try covering the stand with a tree skirt to keep Fido out.
  • Keep ornaments high enough on the tree and out of Fido’s reach.
  • Poinsettias are extremely poisonous; try buying ‘fake’ Poinsettia’s to be safe.

If you’re worried about Fido getting into your holiday decorations or garbage while you’re away at work, talk to us about our Doggie Day Care services! Obedience training can be an effective way to make your life easier – it will give you the peace of mind knowing that you have the tools to keep your beloved friend out of harms way this season. Finally, whether company is coming to you, or you’re going out of town, FDR can help keep Fido happy, safe, and comfortable overnight when you need it the most! Call us now at (916) 439-7202 to make a reservation for Overnight Lodging, Doggie Day Care, or Training….hurry, holiday spots are filling up quick!

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