‘Tis the season to be generous, and there’s no question that your doggy buddy is likely to be the most pampered member of the family this Christmas. However, as a dog trainer in Wimbledon we feel it’s our duty to make sure that your precious pooch remains safe at this time of year.
With the introduction of all sorts of anomalous items into your home, from decorations to consumables, your hound is bound to get a little curious. Well, make sure you remain vigilant and take note as we present to you with part one of our Christmas Doggy Dangers blog.
OK, dogs will eat just about anything. We all know that. But unfortunately for them, there are just some things that they shouldn’t eat. While we’d love them to be able to share in the festive cheer with us, make sure you don’t allow them to eat any of the following:
- Blue cheese
- Fruit Cakes / Mince Pies
Not only that, while it would be great to be able to give them a big ol’ juicy turkey leg to chew on, the bones can be harmful to your dog. They can induce constipation and damage their intestines, as well as presenting them with a choking hazard.
Holly, Mistletoe and Poinsettia
We accept that these look beautifully festive, but just make sure you keep them out of reach of your dog. Let’s face it, give your buddy half a chance to eat these, and they’re gone! Well, unfortunately they are mildly toxic and can induce diarrhoea and vomiting, which isn’t fun for either of you on Christmas Day, is it?
Bit of an unusual one, but dogs are pretty indiscriminate in what they are willing to eat! Battery consumption is sadly more common at this time of year, so make sure you keep an eye on your pet pooch. Pierced, these batteries can cause chemical burns, not to mention metal poisoning. If you believe your dog has swallowed a battery, it is wise to contact a vet; even whole these batteries can cause obstructions, so it’s best to prevent chancing it.
The inquisitive nature of dogs is both a blessing and a curse; it’s why we love them, but it would be their downfall if it wasn’t for their owners! If you have any concerns with your dog over this festive period, we strongly recommend consulting your vet; knowing them, it could be anything! Make sure you keep an eye on your little adventurer to make sure they aren’t getting into mischief, but if you would like some help maybe taming the Indiana Jones in them and lead them towards the straight and narrow, give our dog training experts a call. You can contact us on 07739 815 265, where we are always eager to help a dog and their owner learn a thing or three.
Alternatively, you can find us over on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date with all things CK9; and don’t forget to tune into the second part of our Christmas Doggy Dangers blog to ensure you and your poochy pal have a wonderful and safe Christmas.