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Keeping Your Dog Safe During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for gathering with family and friends, but for our furry companions, it can be a stressful experience. With all the hustle and bustle of parties, decorations, and visitors coming in and out of your home, it’s important to ensure that your pet is safe during this festive season. Here are a few tips on how to keep your dog safe during the holidays.

Secure Your Trash Can

Holiday trash cans can be especially tempting to pets. From discarded wrapping paper to empty food containers, many items in the trash can look like tasty treats that could cause an upset stomach or worse. Securely cover your trash can so that you don't have any unexpected messes to clean up later. And make sure any food waste is disposed of properly; some foods (like chocolate) are toxic for dogs even in small amounts.

Be Careful with Holiday Decorations

Decorations such as Christmas trees and garlands can be hazardous if not supervised correctly. If you have a live tree in your house, make sure it's securely anchored at all times; cats may climb the tree and knock it over while dogs may try to drink from its water bowl. Additionally, take extra care when hanging stringed lights; chewing on wires can cause electric shocks or burns in animals (and humans!). Put away fragile decorations like glass ornaments where they won't get knocked over by wagging tails or curious paws.

Keep Your Pet Away from Visitors’ Gifts

As exciting as it is to unwrap presents, resist the urge to let Fido join in! Not only can presents contain sharp edges or dangerous items, but they may also contain items that smell like food — which could lead to unwanted snacking! Place opened gifts out of reach and make sure any gift bags are disposed of properly after being opened.


The holiday season should be a fun time for both you and your pet! By following these tips on keeping your dog safe during this special time of year, you’ll be able to enjoy all the festivities without worrying about potential risks or hazards that could occur. Keep everyone safe with these simple tips — then sit back and enjoy the holidays with your four-legged best friend!

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