1. Keep holiday plants out of reachMany plants poisonous to dogs are commonly used in holiday decorating. Here is a list of the most common ones and their side effects:

  • Poinsettias – Nausea, vomiting, and an irritant to your cats mouth causing excess salivation.
  • Mistletoe – Vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.
  • American Mistletoe – difficulty breathing, severe irritation to digestive tract, excessive thirst, unsteadiness.
  • Holly – Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, hypersalivation, headshaking or lipsmacking.

For a worry free alternative you may want to consider using plastic or silk arrangements.

2. A sturdy and inaccessible Christmas tree. When setting up your Christmas tree make sure it is safely and securely set up to avoid being knocked over by a playful pooch. Placing the tree in one corner of the room is often helpful. If using a real Christmas tree avoid using chemicals in the water. Fertilizer and bacteria if ingested can lead to nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

3. Place fragile or eye catching ornaments out of harms way. Make sure to place glass, fragile or interesting ornaments or decorations out of high traffic areas, or away from low hanging branches. An errant tail wag or inquisitive poke could send them crashing down leaving shards of glass underfoot. Alternative options could be ornaments made of dried non-toxic flowers, pinecones, fabric or wood.

4. Keeping your pet calm and happy during holiday get-togethers. ‘Tis the season to make merriment and with all the comings and goings of party goers it’s easy for your dog to slip through an open door or get caught up in all the excitement. A good strategy is to place them in a quiet and comfortable room with food and plenty of water away from all the festivities.

5. Dry them off thoroughly and keep their coat a good length. When bathing your dog it’s important to dry them off thoroughly before letting them go outside into the cold. Also, not shaving their coat too short will allow them to stay warm throughout the cold winter months.

6. Choose the perfect toy. You’ve spent all this time keeping them safe, now it’s time to make them happy! It’s what the holidays are all about isn’t it? Here are a few tips to make sure that perfect toy provides your dog with hours upon hours of enjoyment:

  • To avoid accidental ingestion, avoid toys with small parts that can possibly become detached.
  • Take care in purchasing chew bones or rawhides that are the right size for your dog. That’s why you’ll find GREENIES Canine Dental Chews in varying sizes for dogs 6+ months old. Never give smaller chew bones made for smaller breeds to large breed dogs. They pose a choking hazard if swallowed whole or can result in stomach upset if large chunks are swallowed.

7. Nothing beats love and attention. The holidays can be hectic, but there’s always time to take a little breather with your beloved dog. Make sure to schedule some play time for the both of you and include him in your family’s holiday activities at every opportunity!