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Christmas Dangers for dogs

Keeping Your Dog Safe at Christmas

Author: Joy Butler
Published: December 8, 2007 Christmas is a magical time of year but decorations, foods, gift wraps, and winter items hold hidden dangers for dogs. A few safety precautions can prevent trouble. The Christmas season is upon us. Itís a most wondrous time of year as holiday shopping, baking, and decorating fill our busy schedules. We put forth great effort to make every pie, every decoration, and every gift perfect. However, this merry celebration can harbor dangers for our pets. The beloved family dog tends to find his place in the center of all the commotion and care must be taken that the Christmas magic is not interrupted by a tragedy.

Kitchen Safety
  • Tin foil, meat strings, and toothpicks can cause serious digestive problems if swallowed.
  • Dough can expand in the stomach and cause severe problems if swallowed.
  • Chocolate, coffee, and tea are very toxic for dogs. Even small amounts can cause diarrhea, seizures or death. Unsweetened baking chocolate and dark chocolate are most dangerous.
  • Bones, cooked or uncooked, can tear or obstruct the digestive system.
  • Sweets and greasy or spicy foods can cause pancreatitis which is a serious inflammation of the pancreas and can be fatal.
  • Alcoholic beverages are attractive to some dogs, especially sweet alcoholic beverages such as eggnog. Remind guests to keep glasses out of reach of the dog and put away glasses after parties. A small amount of alcohol can be fatal.
  • Garbage contains discarded food and the smells can be enticing for your dog. Keep garbage covered and out of reach.
  • Plastic wrapping can obstruct the digestive system and cause severe problems if swallowed.
Christmas Tree and Decoration Safety
  • Christmas trees should be secured to prevent toppling. Do not allow your dog to eat fallen pine needles or even artificial tree needles as they can be toxic or cause stomach irritation.
  • Christmas tree water can contain poisonous pine tar or tree preservatives.
  • Tinsel, ornaments, ornament wire hangers, angel hair, artificial snow, candles, and ribbon can all cause serious problems if swallowed. Many dogs think ornaments are toys and want to play with them.
  • Christmas lights can cause digestive upsets or electrocution if chewed.
  • Electrical cords can cause electrocution or a fire hazard if chewed.
  • Batteries can be toxic and cause intestinal obstruction if swallowed.
  • Costumes and Christmas outfits are adorable on Scruffy but they should not bind or constrict, block the dogís vision, or have pieces that can cause choking if swallowed.
  • Almost all Christmas plants, including holly leaves and berries, poinsettias, and mistletoe are poisonous or irritating to dogs if swallowed.
Outdoor Safety
  • Antifreeze tastes sweet and many dogs are attracted to it. Just a few drops can be fatal.
  • Hypothermia can pose a danger during severe cold. Puppies, old dogs, and sick dogs are most vulnerable. Dress your dog in winter clothing or restrict outdoor time. Provide snug shelter. Warm your dog quickly if he starts to shiver.
  • Ice-melting chemicals and salt can irritate paws or cause digestive upsets if swallowed. Booties help protect sensitive paws.
Tips for Avoiding Trouble

Provide your dog with a safe and comfortable place, such as a crate or a baby gated room, away from holiday dangers and the stress of unfamiliar guests and disrupted schedules.

Do not give dogs or puppies for Christmas. The commotion and stress of the holiday season do not make a good start for a new pet. Have a merry Christmas and then bring in the new dog when celebrations are over.

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Thanks Kara for the reminders! It's a great list!

And I might add that if you have family or guests remind them to not feed your dog. One year, unbeknownst to us, some family members were giving our Sheltie bits of ham. They thought they were being nice to her. She developed pancreatitis and had to go in the hospital overnight. She made it but it was very scary!
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Oliver got terribly sick from a small piece of onion. We almost lost him!!!

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Jan and Sally! That is SOO scary!

I have always heard that onion was bad, but I have heard mixed things about ham! Some of the homecookers DO feed ham. YIKES! I never have because Gucci will not touch pork in any form, she scoffs at it. I'm sorry to hear about the Pancreatis and Oliver getting so sick!! That is So frightening!

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Kara,

Thank you for all the helpful advice. We have an Aunt that loves to feed Sissy secretly under the table.

We tell everyone not to feed her.

Sometimes you have to watch little kids.

That is scary about the onion and ham. We have given Sissy little pieces of ham...wow. (just a couple of times) I'll have to check that out further.


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At least that was the assumption. On questioning relatives we found out that some were giving her ham and the vet was sure that's what caused the pancreatitis. He told us at the time that they saw it frequently with ham.

On another occasion she got hold of the kid's chocolate bunnies at Easter, took the foil off and ate most of them. Luckily she simply developed diarrhea and didn't have to be hospitalized. Well, not totally lucky for us, diarrhea in a long haired dog is NOT FUN. She would go uncontrollably, then drag it all over the laundry room (where she was sequestered) on her fur, then sit in the corner scared that she'd been "bad". This went on for DAYS...
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WHAT INCREDIBLE TIMING FOR THIS THREAD!!

Today, my charming, sweet, beautiful pups (Logan as ringleader) got onto my server in the dining room. I come home to chewed up paper, no sign of the foil and no sign of chocolate marks. It was amazing and all three of my beauties are looking at me lovingly!! I call the vet, take them all outside & have to put hydrogen peroxide down their throats to make them vomit. Then spend 1/2 hour following three dogs around the house, on solid ice watching and waiting for them to vomit. They finally all do vomit so I figure all is clear.
HaHA - FOOLISH ME... I lock the dogs in the kitchen and take my son the Dr. for more bad news, come home to my entire, and I mean entire kitchen floor covered in vomit & poop!!! It took me 1/2 hour to clean the kitchen floor!!! And now I have to make them rice for dinner, while still locked in the kitchen - and very very unhappy. I hate hearing them in there with us in the family room!!
Now - just to let you know, I did not leave the chocolate on the edge & how they managed to get it and not knock anything else down - I will Never know!!
So please, keep the chocolates really really really high!!!
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Oh Laurie, I'm so sorry!! It sounds exactly like our story. We tried the hydrogen peroxide too and unfortunately the diarrhea lasted for quite a few days. I know the mess I had with one dog, you have it times three!!! You poor thing! I hope it won't be too bad and they're feeling better soon. It is heart wrenching to isolate them.

But buried your post is something about bad news for your son at the doctor's. Is he OK???
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Oh Laurie, that's awful. It must have been scary (and maddening) for you. I hope they are all on the mend now. These little ones can be creative geniuses when there is something they want that is out of their reach. I hope you don't have to clean up any further messes on the floor.

One year, my parents dogs got into their basement somehow and shared a one pound box of Sees candy.

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Man, the mess was more than I every experienced!! They seem to be ok, have eaten rice for dinner, but I am keeping them in the kitchen for about an hour till I make sure they dont get sick again.

Thanks Jan, my son is ok, it appears he has an addl bone in his foot that was injured during sports, and if not better in 3 weeks, he has to have the bone shaved off. Normally it would not be a big deal but he is a hurdler on the track team, so - not a drastic life threatening issue, but just a pain in the a** And he is working with colleges for early decision for either chemical engineering for Physics so between college and injuries, I was hoping the pups would be ok. So - we are all ok in the long run, thankfully!!

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