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Check out November’s piece:
Your dog may dream about turkey, mashed potatoes and stuffing during the holiday season, but unfortunately there are side effects that come along with these holiday treats. Remember these tips for safety this holiday season:
Turkey: Turkey itself does not pose great harm, but feeding it to your dog in the same form we eat it during Thanksgiving could produce unwanted side affects simply because it can be rich and your dog’s system will not be accustomed to it. Nothing ruins a holiday like a dog with “tummy troubles”.
Poultry skin can cause inflammation and bones can splinter and become a choking hazard. If you’d like to give them something special, a plain piece of unseasoned, cooked turkey without the skin is a great treat.
Chocolate: We all know the dangers of chocolate – the theobromine and caffeine in chocolate can cause hyperactivity and rapid breathing. You may have guests in the house who aren’t used to keeping everything at a doggie safe level, so remind them to keep all those chocolate treats away from your dog.
Onions, raisins, and grapes: These can be hidden dangers to your dog, but none should be used as a treat.
To reduce temptation for your dog make sure that you do the following: keep up with your daily feeding and exercise routine, feed your them before guests arrive, discourage guests from feeding your dog anything you haven’t approved and keep left over food out of reach in tightly closed containers.
Reducing stressful situations that are brought about by the holiday season are important for your piece of mind as well as keeping your dog in high spirits. Consider providing a cozy oasis for your dog away from the holiday crowd so they feel secure amidst the holiday craziness. Take them shopping for a chew toy to occupy their energies during long family meals.
Finally, check with your veterinarian for their holiday schedule and emergency contact info, so you’re prepared in the event you need them.
Your furry friend will shower you with kisses for taking these safety precautions in having a happy and healthy dog!