Now that Christmas and the rest of the winter holidays are so close at hand, it is important to take a few precautions for the safety of your family and your pets. If this is the first year you have ever had a dog or cared to include your dog in your winter celebration, you might not be aware of a few key things that can help make sure that your little guy sees you through the New Year. We all know how beastly summer can get on our dogs, but did you know that the winter time can be just as difficult? There are so many things to consider and think about all year long when it comes to the safety of our pets, but the winter and Christmas pose hazards that should be considered and many people fail to realize that. For example, did you know that holly and mistletoe can be poisonous to dogs? Chances are that your Christmas tree salesman failed to let you know that, and what if your dog had decided to take a bite out of the Christmas decorations? He probably wouldn't know the difference between the dangerous Christmas components and the other things he chooses to tear up the other 364 days of the year. Winter salts are also especially dangerous when it comes to the winter time. People use more and more of these winter ice melts when the Christmas holiday rolls around because they want the walkway to be safe for their guests—little do they know that these things make the walkway increasingly more unsafe for their pets. You can buy pet-friendly winter ice melts or just go through extra pains to makes sure that you let your dog out the back so they never come into contact with the dangerous melts.
As always, it's best to keep your pet in mind at all times. This is something one needs to simply put into daily practice and make it so that it becomes second nature.
Labels: Dog Health, Pet Health