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The happiest time of year?

Well, it can be the happiest time of year, if you enjoy the holidays.  For many people they can be a stressful time.  I was in the grocery store the other day trying to get some milk when I saw a man who works there looking very grumpy.  Actually, all of the jugs of milk looked like someone had taken a stick and beaten them.  Some were leaking.  I said I hoped he’d had a nice Thanksgiving and he practically snarled at me, saying he didn’t like holidays.  Can you blame him?  Holidays mean extra work for a lot of people.  But I’ve been trying to remember to be nice and wish everyone I meet a Merry Christmas.




Dog under the Christmas tree

Dog under the Christmas tree

Here at home I’m trying to put my decorations up this week so I can enjoy them for a while before Christmas.  That means the dogs will be helping me hang my wreath and put up the tree.  And that means there are some potential dangers to avoid.



Whether you put up a “real” tree or an artificial tree, dogs are prone to getting too close to them.  I’ve had more than one tree toppled in my house, with smashed ornaments and broken lights.  It’s a disaster.  If you put up a tree you should consider anchoring it to the ceiling or wall.  Another possibility which has worked for me in the past is to set up a small ex-pen around the tree.  An ex-pen is a portable fence that you can set up anywhere.  They are available in any many different heights.  Eighteen inches tall is usually a good height to keep most dogs away from a tree.  You’re not building a real fence, just discouraging the dog from getting close to the tree.  Ex-pens can be purchased at most pet supply stores and online.


When you’re decorating your tree you should keep in mind that your dog could get close to it and decorate accordingly.  Put breakable (and munchable) ornaments up higher where your dog can’t reach them.  You may want to go easy on the tinsel, too.  If your dog ingests any it can become wrapped around his intestines.


Keep your dog away from the Christmas tree water, too.  Many places that sell Christmas trees provide you with a packet to put in the water that keeps the tree fresher longer.  Unfortunately, the ingredients may contain chemicals that are very bad for your dog.


Don’t allow your dog to munch on the needles from Christmas trees, either.  They can cause your dog problems.  Christmas trees are touched up and spray painted while they’re in the field to give them just the right color.  Your dog doesn’t need to ingest paint.


Keep in mind that many traditional holiday plants, such as mistletoe and poinsettias, are somewhat poisonous.  Don’t leave them where your dogs can reach them.


Keep holiday chocolates and other sweets away from dogs.  Chocolate contains a chemical ingredient that can be poisonous to dogs in high enough quantities, especially the darker chocolates.  Don’t allow your dog to eat chocolates and sugary items.  This can be hard at Christmas, especially if you like to keep candy out for friends.


And remember that cooked bones, such as turkey bones and chicken bones, splinter very easily.  If you’re doing holiday cooking keep these bones away from your dog.  Many dog owners have to make emergency vet visits during the holidays because of splintered bones hurting their dogs.


These are just a few tips to keep in mind as you begin holiday preparations with your dog in the house.


December 8, 2008 - Posted by | dogs, Pets | ,

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