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December 24, 2013

Last Call- Holiday Dog Proof Your House, 2 Ways to Help Paws in Winter

Who Loves Dog Daycare After the First Snow?

Wow, last week was crazy! Between holiday preps and happenings and the snowstorm, there was a lot to navigate. It was close to impossible to walk dogs; a large percentage of the sidewalks were not plowed, or there was WAY too much salt. We have a couple of suggestions for the salt that often hurts dogs paws:

Pawz; Disposable Rubber Snowboots: Carried at all 3 Crates! These rubber boots come in all sizes, have great traction and won’t fall off like most other boots.

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Mushers;  A dense, barrier wax that forms a breathable bond with your dog’s paws.  Developed in Canada for use with sledding dogs, it provides tenacious protection even in the most extreme conditions .

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7 Ways to Dog-Proof Your House for the Holidays

This holiday season, let’s not court a visit to the emergency vet. Christmas is almost upon us, and while we are wrapped in our holiday festivities, it’s easy to overlook the special challenges of the season for our furry friends. Whether you have the calm-and-cool or the fast-and-furious in your home, we have suggestions to keep the holidays safe for your four-legged loved ones.

1. Don’t fill the stockings until Christmas Eve

While we hang them by the chimney with care, some of our dogs don’t, and those stockings are targets. They are often loaded with small goodies our dogs crave. Chocolate is an obvious no-no, though peppermint is okay on small amounts.  Add other candies, small toys, and other common stuffers and you may wonder — chimney or not — what do we do to keep snouts away?

2. Keep the tree decorations out of temptation’s reach

Many dogs adore trees, and few appreciate this indoor holiday exception. They see something bright and shiny near the top and can’t fight the urge to explore. Some simply need to relieve themselves, which obviously you need to avoid.

Place the tree where dog temptation can be avoided. Use furniture to limit access (or, if you have aerial specialists, keep furniture a safe distance away), place ornaments above snout level, and be persistent in policing the area. Keep the tree away from high-traffic areas so it’s not a persistent attraction. If you have a live tree, keep the dogs away from the water, the trunk and the sap, all dangerous attractions for a pup.

3.  Keep Christmas Tree Lights to a Minimum

How tempting are small, twinkling light cords for little paws? Chewing, tugging, playing, and running are all attached to the temptation of the lights, and all can cause chaos in the Christmas home.

Consider cord concealers, as you may have seen in offices to hide computer cords, a cheap and convenient solution for longer exposed cords in the home. If this isn’t a viable option, consider going high with your cords via hooks and other items to secure the chords out of a dog’s reach. Again, consider tree placement and use the room and your furniture to keep dogs away from those chords on the tree.

4. Keep toxic plants off your list

A quick note of caution concerning those unique flowers and plants we often see during the holidays: poinsettias, mistletoe and holly can be toxic for dogs. If you must have them, keep them well out of reach, but please consider going without.

Don’t forget that dogs will try to chew on anything, so keep these plants out of reach.

Think of all the silly things your dogs have eaten.  These plants can tempt with color, smell and curiosity. Keep them away to stay safe!

5. Wrap the presents at the last minute

Wrapping paper might be Public Enemy No. 1 in the home of a dog owner. It’s shiny, it conceals fantastic smells, and it’s a TON of fun to tear off!

Don’t put wrapped gifts under the tree unless you want to have to wrap them again. Take measures to keep the dogs away. If you must have presents under the tree, consider anything with a scent (not just food, but also clothes, perfumes, candles, shoes, or anything that might tempt a pup) and exclude it from the public pile.

6. Beware the onslaught of cheap dog toys

During the holidays our budgets get stretched to the max, and companies target families stretching the dollar with cheap alternatives for the dogs. Many prove dangerous.

Often, toys in the sale bin are nothing more than thick socks filled with sawdust, a choking hazard for the dogs and a horrendous mess for the owners..

 7. Keep Santa’s snacks out of your dog’s reach

If your human kids are leaving out milk and cookies for Santa, don’t forget to put those up high. Yes, it does happen. You have a furkid who has no idea they are intended for a fake fat man … and you end up with rumbling, aching tummies on Christmas.

Those are a few of the common challenges loving dog owners will overcome with proper planning during the holidays. Make sure your visiting family, who may not be accustomed to life with four-leggers, is on board with the plan and aware of these concerns. In the end, the owner who truly invites his dog to be part of the family will recognize all of these issues and more, and will make sure we all have a very Merry Christmas. Happy holidays!

 

Let’s Wrap it Up!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Be Kind to One Another!!

emmitt

Later, Ernestine
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