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Top 5 Holiday Tips for Your Dog from PetPlace.com

Holiday Tips For Your DogPetPlace.com 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 PetPlace.com 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.

Spring Plants Can Be Toxic To Your Dog

lucy and the leaf

Doing my part to keep the streets clean.

Spring is officially here. Can you believe it?! I’ve never seen snow but I have felt cold and wind and rain, even in Southern California. I still sleep under three blankies next to a floor heater. I like to be cozy.

But I digress. The subject is toxic plants. You should avoid eating them. I know I am guilty of eating lots of things I shouldn’t. I drive my daddy crazy as I constantly pick up things on my walks. Sometimes I just like to carry a leaf or a stick. But sometimes I smell a flower or catch a piece of a plant that’s blowing in the wind. Often I let go when daddy tries to retrieve my catch. But sometimes I don’t want to and choose to eat it instead.

So far I guess I’m lucky since I have not eating anything bad for me. Occasionally I do cough a bit, but that’s part of the experience of eating on the road.

Unfortunately some plants are toxic to dogs and for Chihuahuas a little bit of toxicity can go a long way to causing harm.

PetPlace.com has an interesting article called “Outdoor Spring Plants – Are They Toxic?“. You should check it out and be informed.

Here’s a list from the article of plants to avoid:

The springtime plants that can result in gastrointestinal upset in dogs and cats include:
Amaryllis
Ferns
Caladium
Calla lily
Hyacinth
Iris
Tulip

Plants that are considered very toxic and can result in severe illness or even death include:
Crocus
Azalea
Rhododendron
Tiger Lily
Easter Lily
Bittersweet
Clematis
Daffodil
Day lily
Foxglove
Lily of the Valley
Narcissus
Morning Glory
Death Camas

Make sure your daddy or mommy carries a plant identification book when you take a walk, so that when you absolutely have to eat a plant, you’ll know if you have to visit the emergency room.

Or else learn the commands “leave it” and “drop it”. I’m still working on that. So far, I’m winning.