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Things to Keep Off Your Pet’s Plate

Bones. Bones are not as healthy as you may think and may cause some serious problems. Even well cooked, baked or stewed bones are dangerous. They can also be a choking hazard and can cause possible intestinal bleeding if the bone shards break off and tear the intestinal lining. If you really must give your dog a bone, give one that has been designed for dogs to chew on, like Nylabones©, which tend to be relatively indestructible and are often flavored.

Before you sit down with family and friends for your feast, please feed your pets before you guests arrive. The reason is that you reduce the temptation for your guest to give food to your pet that might hurt him or her.  One of the easiest ways to avoid trouble is to make sure your guests know the pet rules and discourage them from feeding critters scraps from the table.  Just because the food is delicious to you doesn't mean it is safe for your pets.  Buy some wonderful chew toys or some treat for your pet to chew on that will keep them happy and occupied during this holiday season.

Rich and fatty foods. These typically include the giblets, dark meat turkey and turkey skin, potatoes and butter-coated vegetables, gravy and stuffing. Too much fat can result in pancreatitis, which is a potentially life threatening condition.

Pancreatitis occurs when the dog is trying to digest a very fatty meal. During digestion, the pancreas produces enzymes to assist in the digestive process, but with pancreatitis, too many enzymes are produced; as a result the pancreas becomes inflamed and can even begin digesting itself. The symptoms are vomiting and diarrhea, usually bloody. Your dog can become dehydrated and die

Sweets. Forget the pumpkin pie, sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows, and after dinner mints. Also on the list are chocolate, which can be poisonous to your pet, eggnog, alcohol and nuts. All of these can cause stomach pain and diarrhea.

Spicy foods. Many pets suffer upset stomachs caused by spicy foods, so hold off on the spicy sauces and dressings. Various types of onions, too, can be toxic in varying amounts.

Tips for a Dog Safe Holiday
    • Prepare your dog beforehand for the extra excitement of the holidays.

    • Keep your dog's routine intact as much as possible, but let him enjoy the holidays.

  • Familiarize your dog with the Christmas tree & holiday trimmings. But don't leave him unattended. Holiday dog hazards & temptations abound.
  • Keep the water stand of your Christmas tree covered. If mixed with water and ingested, the pine sap is poisonous.
  • Keep holiday treats and candies away fro your dog’s reach and be sure to keep wrapped food items away from your dog as well.
  • Plants such as poinsettia and mistletoe are extremely poisonous to dogs. Be sure to keep these plants out of your dogs reach.
  • Don’t put lights on the lower branches of your tree. Your dog may accidentally bite into an ornament or burn himself.
  • Don’t use edible ornaments, or cranberry or popcorn strings. You dog may knock the tree over as it lunges for a new treat.
  • Keep electrical cords away from your pet. Dogs will sometimes chew on them and this can result in a nasty shock or even electrocution!
  • Keep lit candles completely out of your dog’s reach. An exuberant tail wag or swat of the paw can result in injury to our dog or possibly fire in your home. So keep burning candles on high tables or mantels.
  • Pine needles are sharp and shouldn’t be digested. Keep your tree fenced off so that your dog can’t go anywhere near this potential hazard.
  • Tinsel can also be dangerous for dogs. If your dog ingests tinsel it may obstruct her circulation and block the intestines. Be sure to pick up any tinsel, ribbon, or ornament hooks before they can cause injury.
  • If your dog receives a holiday gift from a friend or relative, make sure it doesn’t pose any hazards.
  • Keep wrapped packages out of your dog’s reach for his sake – and yours!
  • And of course we all know that chocolate and raisins are poisonous for dogs, keep candies in a safe area and make sure all the children know not to feed it to them.



Christmas Parties are more fun when you invite the dogs!

Check our list twice, then relax & enjoy the festivities knowing you've thought of it all!

INVITES: Ask canine loving friends & send unique, dog-centered invitations in Christmas colors! Drop a hint about the doggy fun to come.

DECOR: Think holiday with dog friendly motifs! Put only doggy proof items in reach of Fido & four-legged friends.

FUN STUFF:Best-dressed Christmas outfit wins! Have dogs perform favorite tricks for treats! Invite Santa Paws for Santa-dog photos! Santa hands out presents (or have them under the tree).

FOOD: Plan a "celebrate dogs" menu! Serve pupcakes with sprinkles for pups & a giant dog bone cake for humans.

FAVORS: Send guests home with a goodie bag of Dog Cookies & a thank you for coming gift.

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