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Top 5 Holiday Tips for Your Dog from

Holiday Tips For Your is filled with lots of interesting and helpful articles on a variety of pets. I love checking out the ones on dogs so I can share what I learn.

Here’s some very important tips I curated from for your dog’s safety during the holidays.

I hope you enjoy it.

#1. Holiday Plant Toxins:

They may be pretty, but some holiday plants are poisonous—and even deadly—to our dogs (and cats). Avoid exposing your dog to pine needles, holly, mistletoe, and poinsettias.

#2. Holiday Food Hazards:

Unfortunately, many of our festive treats and traditional snacks can also be dangerous to our dogs. Pay close attention to your dog around any of the following: chocolates, fat trimmings, bones, and nuts (especially almonds, walnuts, pistachio, and macadamia).

#3. Dangerous Holiday Decorations:

Many of our standard holiday decorations look like toys to our dogs. Be cautious with tinsel, shiny ornaments, candles, flickering lights (especially the cords), and gift wrapping and ribbon.

#4. Keeping Your Dog on Santa’s “Nice” List:

With all the activity of the holidays, your dog may get over-excited – which can lead to bad behavior. The solution: a well-exercised dog is a happy (and tired) dog. Take your dog for a long walk or extended exercise sessions before your guests arrive, you sit down to dinner, or you leave your pet alone for an extended period.

#5. A Regular Schedule=a Regular Dog:

Keeping your dog on his or her regular schedule will help ensure that there are no accidents to dampen the holidays. Staying on your current walking and feeding schedule, with your dog’s current food brand, will make for a happy pet owner and pup.

Be sure to check out PetPlace for more great tips.

Chocolate is Toxic to Your Chihuahua

Chocolate is toxic to all dogs, depending on the kind of chocolate and amount eaten. But remember how small a Chihuahua is, typically 2-6 pounds. I’m a bit bigger than most Chihuahuas, weighing in at almost 10 pounds. Yikes. But I’m big-boned, not fat. That’s what Daddy says, anyway.

Any amount of Chocolate can have devastating effects on your dog, but even a little bit can be poisonous to your Chi because of our size.

Chocolate Toxicity Calculator

Below is a FREE Chocolate Toxicity Calculator, courtesy of Dr. Marie at

You can figure out if you should freak over how much chocolate your little Chi has managed to eat without your knowledge.

Calculator provided by Ask A Vet Question.

For more holiday safety tips read  9 Non-Scary Halloween Safety Tips for Your Chihuahua by me, Lucy the Chi.

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9 Non-Scary Halloween Safety Tips for Your Chihuahua

Is Your Chihuahua Halloween Ready?

As a proud Chihuahua I do not like getting dressed up for Halloween. Unless I’m wearing my pink parka to keep me warm, I prefer to run around naked. Except, of course, for my built in fur coat. I never take it off because that would hurt.

Still, some Chihuahuas may enjoy wearing something special for Halloween.

Here’s my advice on surviving Halloween:

  1. If your Chi is fighting you on wearing a costume, don’t force them. (They’re probably embarrassed).
  2. Taking your Chi trick-or-treating is probably not a good idea. Most of us Chis hate crowds and strangers. We’re very cute and everyone wants to touch us. Scary.
  3. Avoid gaggles of children. Chihuahuas are small and break easily. Imagine a herd of kids screeching at you and waving wands and bags of candy. Yikes.
  4. Never feed your Chihuahua candy. It’s not good for them and can be toxic, especially chocolate. Half eaten candy on the sidewalk is seen as a treat for you Chi. The trick for you would be taking your Chi to the emergency pet clinic for a stomach pumping. Ugh.
  5. When at home, provide a nice, quite spot for your Chihuahua to hide in. It can be quite annoying when the doorbell rings or people knock constantly.
  6. When giving out candy to trick-or-treaters, make sure you don’t drop any. We Chihuahuas are quick on picking up dropped treasures. Once it hits the floor, it’s ours.
  7. Keep Halloween decorations away from your Chihuahua. We may enjoy eating them as much as candy.
  8. Make sure you don’t let your Chi escape into the night. Some of us might be scared and confused by all the ruckus.
  9. Don’t forget to give us a healthy dog treat when the Halloween ordeal is all over.

Check out these other interesting dog friendly Halloween articles:

Halloween Safety For Dogs

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Kitchen Dangers that are Poisonous to Pets!

The world can be a dangerous place for your little Chihuahua. My daddy came across this video on For your little dog’s safety (and cats too) I recommend you watch it.

By Veterinary Pet Insurance and Pet Poison Helpline

Did you know that there are certain things in your kitchen that are poisonous to pets? Chocolate, grapes, raisins, trail mix, xylitol, fatty table scraps, onions, garlic, compost, macadamia nuts, and unbaked bread dough/alcohol are all dangerous! When in doubt, keep your pet out of the kitchen. If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, contact Pet Poison Helpline at 800-213-6680 or your veterinarian immediately for life-saving care. The sooner you treat the problem, the easier and less expensive it is to treat your pet!

Grapes and Raisins Can Harm Your Chihuahua!

Tasty but Deadly Grapes and Raisins

They seem innocent enough. And they look tasty. But my daddy never lets me eat grapes or raisins. He says they can kill me.

The truth is, grapes and raisins, especially when eaten in large quantities, can cause acute kidney failure in your dog and lead to death if not treated. Yikes!

They say one or two may not prove harmful but then again, a Chihuahua is a very little dog, and even one raisin or grape may do damage.

So if you drop a raisin or grape on the floor, make sure you grab it before your dog does. I run when I hear food drop and I’m on it in an instant. I have not tasted a grape or raisin so please don’t tempt me by leaving them where I can get to it.

Read Raisin and Grape Toxicity in Dogs for more information on this toxic treat.

Also Grape and Raisin Toxicosis by Dr. Debra Primovic from

If your Chi does eat grapes or raisins, contact your vet for advice on what to do.