It’s true that the holidays are a busy time- but don’t forget about your dog! Take these 5 easy steps toward a safer environment for your pup, and you can be reassured that the both of you will enjoy a less stressful holiday season.
- “Dog-ifying” Your Tree
Just like having a baby, having a dog requires some dog-proofing around the house. During the holidays, Christmas trees can pose a threat your furry friend. The first step to “dog-ifying” your tree is keeping your ornaments off the bottom branches. It’s very easy for a dog to walk underneath, or swat one with his tail, causing the ornament to fall on the floor. Glass ornaments especially pose a threat because broken glass, unbeknownst to you, can be stepped one or even ingested by a dog.
Everyone loves a good Christmas candle during the holiday season; however, they can be extremely dangerous around pets. Keep your candles high above your dog’s reach. It’s less likely that your dog will be curiously investigating the candle and more likely that an accident will occur when your dog is wagging his tail by it.
- Holiday Plants
Popular plants to have around the house during the holiday season include holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia. All three of these plants are poisonous to dogs! If you do decorate your house with any of these, keep them out of reach of your dog to ensure that they stay healthy throughout the holidays.
- A Stress-Free Environment
The holidays are a stressful time for any person- but imagine if you are a dog! Dogs don’t know that it’s the holiday season; all they know is that the house is suddenly bustling with more people than normal, the strange FedEx man keeps showing up, and their familiar surroundings have abruptly changed to include Christmas decorations, visiting relatives, and a giant tree. To reduce stress for your furry friend, try to not stray from their normal schedule, which includes feeding times, walks, and playtime. Most importantly, do not forget your dog outside for long periods of time! Stress, along with bitterly cold weather, could be treacherous to your pup.
- Safe Gifts for Furry Friends
Whilst holiday shopping, of course the first to shop for on your list is the most deserving: your dog! To ensure that your pup has a safe and enjoyable Christmas morning, avoid buying toys with small parts that could pose a choking hazard. It’s easy for dogs to choke on bones as well. The safest way for your furry friend to celebrate the holidays with you is to surprise them with Bark at the Moon treats. All Bark at the Moon treats are grain-free and great for dogs of all ages and diets; they can also be broken into smaller pieces for smaller pets.
Visit our website greenbutterflybrands.com to purchase your dog’s Bark at the Moon gift. Treat your pal & support the troops! We donate to train service dogs for wounded Veterans, Our Military Heroes. Wishing All a Happy and Safe Holiday season from us at Green Butterfly Brands!