Festive Unwrapping: Ensuring a Safe Christmas Morning with Your Dog
Christmas is right around the corner, and many homes are already brimming with festive cheer, adorned with glittering trees and decorations. In households like ours, with three lively children and an energetic dog, the season's enthusiasm can sometimes be a bit... overwhelming.
Drawing from past experiences, mixing dogs with indoor trees, especially those laden with electric lights and delicate ornaments, can be a recipe for unintended chaos.
Over the years, I've encountered a few festive blunders and near misses. And in the spirit of sharing and ensuring everyone has a safe holiday season, I've compiled a list of handy safety pointers.
Christmas ornaments might shimmer and sparkle, catching the eye of your curious pup, often mistaken for playthings. So to ensure your tree stays pristine and your dog stays safe, here are ten tips to make your festive season as smooth and joyful as possible.
1. Secure Your Tree Firmly: The festive season's excitement can make dogs more curious than usual. An unstable tree is a disaster waiting to happen, especially with an inquisitive pup around. Ensure the tree stand is apt for your tree's size and offers reliable support. While tying the tree to the wall can offer stability, if you're concerned about wall damage, consider placing weights or sandbags around the base and disguising them with tinsel or decorative cloth.
2. Elevate for Added Safety: Positioning your tree slightly off the ground can prevent many canine-related mishaps. This elevation safeguards the tree from playful tails and nosy snouts while preventing any unfortunate "marking" incidents. Using a sturdy table not only keeps the tree elevated but also offers more room for Santa's gifts!
3. Consider an Artificial Alternative: While nothing matches the aroma and feel of a real tree, the shedding needles can be a concern. These needles can be sharp, posing a risk of eye injuries or becoming embedded in paws. If ingested, they can upset your dog's stomach. High-quality artificial trees are not only dog-safe but are also eco-friendly when used over many years, offering a practical and sustainable choice.
4. Protect the Tree's Water Supply: For those who can't resist the charm of a real tree, hydration is key. But remember, the water can become stagnant and might mix with fallen needles, turning it into a harmful drink for your pooch. Ensure the water bowl is covered, or if that's challenging, regularly replace the water to avoid any health issues for your canine companion.
Christmas morning is a special time when we gather to unwrap gifts. However, if your dog tends to steal the spotlight, especially upon seeing a new squeaky rubber toy, it might be wise to introduce his gifts in a separate space. This ensures both your holiday décor and your excited pup remain safe. And if you've gifted him bouncy rubber toys, it's a good idea to avoid playtime near the Christmas tree; their unpredictable trajectories could lead to unintended holiday mishaps.