Dog Care on Holidays
The stockings may be hung by the chimney with care, but there are a few more things which need some care during the holidays. If you are a family with a dog, especially a small dog, like our beloved Dachshunds, you need to take some extra cautionary steps to ensure a safe season. They are pretty, Poinsettias and Holly are poisonous. Mistletoe can make a dog extremely ill and cause cardiovascular problems. Lilies can also cause intense stomach upset and even kidney failure in felines. When you have pets whom behave like cats and dogs, it is safer to use silk flowers. Your Christmas tree is not poisonous, but it can be a potential danger. Make sure your tree is secure in its stand. Keep the water-filled base inaccessible to your pets. Remember, Dachshunds have long snouts and love to sniff new and smelly things, so keep that in mind when blocking the space under your tree.
Tinsel is notorious for obstructing the digestive tract of cats. But it can cause the same harm in a small dog. Dachshunds will eat just about anything that looks even remotely interesting! Use garland to make your tree sparkle. For more sparkle, let there be light – just not where your dog can chew the wires. Your dog may be used to the lights around the house on a daily basis, but oh boy, those new ones that everyone keeps staring at look delicious. Keep wires out of your dog’s reach. Keeping batteries, plastic and glass ornaments, as well, away from your four-legged family member will help keep them safe for the holidays.
Candles and fire are foe for pets. They can be easily knocked over and this would mean utter disaster for human and dog alike. Choose locations high up and use secure settings for your candles. (Be sure to blow them out before you leave the room.) Keep your menorah above pet level, too. All the celebrating and parties can come with booze! It brings good cheer to humans, however, it can be fatal to dogs. Again, the small, and extremely inquisitive, Dachshund wants to know what’s in the pretty glass. Keep alcoholic beverages out of reach of your pets. Your children will getting lots of things for Christmas or Hannukah, so please ask that they keep their new presents out of the eyesight line of your family pet. It keeps your pet safe and your child’s new toy safe from destruction, as well. As for dog toys, choose wisely. Choose for your dog’s specific chewing habits, make sure they are made in a country with a safe pet product record, and be sure your dog is not in an overstimulated state around small children when they have new toys. Even the most well-behaved pet can become agitated and aggressive.
Dinner leftovers should be for humans only. You love your pet and you want to share, but turkey bones and ham bones can splinter. If they do, they can cut a dogs mouth up quite badly and can cause choking. If your dog gets a bone and goes to hide, then chokes, you may not have an opportunity to save his or her life. Certainly, an over-feeding of side dishes you may feel are safe can make your dog very sick. No one wants to clean up that-shall-which-not-be-named on Christmas Eve night nor Christmas Day nor after a delicious Hannukah dinner! Six days later New Year’s Eve hits and it is loud and the activity level and human energy is quite high. Give your dog a safe and quiet space during this raucous night. He or she has worked hard to behave when guests are visiting, to hold pee when the kids are getting all the attention, and trying to figure out why you guys keep wrapping the present when you know they don’t have hands! When things calm down, snuggle with your four-legged baby. Enjoy your holidays!