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Celebrating Safely: How to Take Care of Your Dog Around Christmas - Bully Sticks Central

Hello, fellow dog lovers! It's Jackson Hartley here, wishing you a joyous season from the frost-kissed trails of Bend, Oregon. With the festive spirit filling the air and Baxter, my ever-curious Rhodesian Ridgeback, sniffing around the Christmas tree, it's the perfect time to share some tips on taking care of our canine companions during this merry season.

Creating a Dog-Safe Holiday Environment

Christmas brings with it a flurry of activities, decorations, and foods that can be overwhelming and even dangerous for our four-legged friends. Here are some tips to make the holiday safe and enjoyable for your dog:

1. Christmas Tree Caution:

  • Secure Your Tree: Make sure your Christmas tree is stable to prevent it from tipping over if your dog bumps into it.
  • Avoid Access to Water: Tree water can contain harmful chemicals; keep it covered so your dog can't drink it.

2. Decorations and Your Dog:

  • Ornament Safety: Place delicate and potentially dangerous ornaments higher up, away from wagging tails and curious noses.
  • Lighting and Wires: Tuck away electrical cords from lights to prevent your pup from chewing on them.

3. Toxic Plants and Your Pup:

  • Beware of Holiday Plants: Keep poinsettias, holly, and mistletoe out of reach, as they can be toxic if ingested.

Navigating Holiday Feasts with Fido

The holidays are synonymous with indulgent foods, but not all are safe for our canine friends.

1. Festive Foods to Avoid:

  • Dangerous Delicacies: Keep chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, and xylitol-sweetened treats away from your dog.
  • Rich Foods, Big No-No: Fatty and spicy foods can upset your dog’s stomach or cause more serious issues like pancreatitis.

2. Mindful Feeding:

  • Stick to the Routine: Maintain your dog’s regular feeding schedule and avoid the temptation to share holiday leftovers.

Ensuring Comfort and Joy for Your Dog

The excitement and noise of Christmas gatherings can be stressful for dogs. Here’s how to ensure Baxter, and dogs like him, remain happy and stress-free:

1. Create a Safe Haven:

  • Quiet Space: Set up a comfortable, quiet area where your dog can retreat from the holiday chaos if needed.

2. Guests and Gatherings:

  • Introductions and Interactions: If you're hosting, prepare your guests for how to interact with your dog, especially children.

Cold Weather Care

In places like Bend, where snow is a given, it’s important to protect your dog from the cold.

1. Winter Wardrobe:

  • Coats and Booties: Consider weather-appropriate gear like jackets and paw protectors for your dog.

2. Outdoor Safety:

  • Beware of Ice-Melting Chemicals: These can be harmful if licked off paws, so clean your dog's feet after a walk.

Christmas Cheer for Canine Companions

Don’t forget to include your furry friend in the festivities!

1. Dog-Friendly Decor:

  • Include Your Dog in the Decor: Set up a dog-friendly Christmas corner with their own festive bed or decorations.

2. Gifts for Your Pup:

  • Special Treats and Toys: Show your dog some love with new toys or homemade treats (Baxter loves his homemade peanut butter pumpkin biscuits!).

Wrapping It Up

Celebrating Christmas with your dog can be a wonderful experience if you take the right precautions. Keep their safety, diet, and comfort in mind, and you’re all set for a fabulous holiday season.

For more tips on dog care and to catch up on Baxter’s snowy escapades, visit us at Bully Sticks Central. Here's to a tail-wagging holiday for you and your pups!

This post was last updated at February 24, 2024 13:24

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