Other Christmas related things to be careful of
As well as some Christmas foods we need to be careful of, there are other Christmas related things we should also watch out for when our dogs are around them.
Real Christmas Trees such as pine, fir and spruce are not toxic to dogs BUT they produce oils that could be harmful. As well as that, the needles they shed can potentially injure your dog’s paws, they could also cause a mild stomach upset or blockage if ingested.
To keep your dog safe, ensure they are never left unattended around the tree whether it’s real or artificial as both can pose risks. This will avoid them getting u to anything mischievous!
We would recommend dog proofing your tree:
Keep decorations out of paws or mouths reach – if they were to swallow any part of a bauble, tinsel, or any other decoration for that matter, it could be extremely dangerous. Hang the decorations up high to prevent them from being knocked off and remember to never hang the chocolate decorations. As you know, chocolate is poisonous to dogs.
Don’t leave presents under the tree – it would be wise to not leave any presents under the tree. You never know what they might be tempted by if you’re not there to supervise.
Keep fairy light cables tidy – if you’ve had a puppy, you’ll know how tempting wires can be to them to chew! Keep the cables out of reach from your dog and remember to always switch them off at the mains when they’re not in use to avoid any scary accidents!
Be careful of any Christmas plants that you may have around the house. There are a few to keep well out of paws reach:
If any of these plants were eaten by your dog, it could cause extreme illness and definitely a trip to the vet! No one wants that on Christmas Day!