Flagstaff Sedona Dog Magazine: Timber Talks

Timber Talks

This is Timber in my Santa hat, wishing you and your pets a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year!  Did this holiday get here fast this year?  It sure did for me and my family!

As you humans are racing around getting ready for feasts and family and decorating and presents, please remember to “pet proof” your homes for the holidays.  You want your fur kids to be safe while you celebrate with your loved ones.  Here is my annual list of things to do to keep us safe and happy.  (Most of this applies to small human kids, too.)

Celebrating (noise) with your friends (strangers to your pet) can cause high anxiety in your dog or cat. Find a quiet place in your home for your pet to hang out during the festivities. 

Stabilize your Christmas tree so that the dog can’t knock it over and the cat won’t climb through the branches and trunk. Have you seen the “hanging upside-down Christmas trees” on the internet this year? They look fun, but don’t underestimate your cat (or Husky) who might figure out a way to get into that tree anyway. Woof!

Cover/hide electric cords and wiring to prevent electrical shock by chewing.

No tinsel on the tree—it’s very dangerous if ingested by your pet, causing choking or internal blockage.  Ribbon can also be a choking hazard. 

Keep lighted candles away from curious noses or wagging tails. Candles in a glass hurricane lamp or glass jar are much safer and have just as much ambiance.

Cover the water in the tree base if it has been treated with chemicals to last longer. It can be dangerous to your pet if he drinks it.

Glass ornaments can be broken or bitten, leaving shards in their paws or mouth.

Mistletoe is poisonous if ingested, and could cause death. Poinsettia plants are dangerous when eaten; holly and pine needles, too.

No holiday cakes, mince pies (full of grapes-raisins), chocolate of any kind, turkey bones (or any poultry bones), fat trimmings, macadamia or other nuts.

Keep your pet safely away from the sound of fireworks on New Year’s Eve. Many pets are lost or traumatized trying to escape this celebration.

If you share your holiday dinner with your dog, a small amount of cooked turkey and mashed potatoes is a delicious treat—but not too much. One sick puppy can really put a damper on the festivities!

Rescue pets everywhere thank you for your help this past year, both financial, and by adopting them into your families.

From our pet family to yours, we wish everyone a very joyous and safe holiday season.


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