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Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

7871 Stave Lake St E130

Mission, BC V2V 0B5

(604) 286-0160

Holiday Safety for Dogs

Holidays can be a lot of fun for you and your pet. However, it can be important to keep your dog safe during the celebration. We at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital provide veterinary care for pets in Mission, BC, and Maple Ridge, BC. We can provide tips on how to keep your pooch safe this holiday season. 

Holiday Safety for Dogs

Holiday Guests 

Holidays typically mean guests. You may have frequent visitors, or invite family and friends over for a get together. Even if your dog is well socialized, all this activity can be overwhelming for him. 

During the holidays, provide your dog with a quiet space away from the crowd. If he is tolerant of people, feel free to allow them access to the rest of the home, and a place to retreat to when needed. Also keep an eye on your doors. Dogs can easily slip out when guests are arriving or leaving. 

All the activity of the holidays can disrupt your pooch's routine as well. Keeping his schedule as normal as possible might help him cope with the extra excitement and stress. 

Holiday Plants 

Some holiday plants can be toxic to dogs. Poinsettias can cause stomach upset if ingested. Mistletoe and holly are toxic to dogs. Even your Christmas tree might pose a hazard if your pooch chows down on it. 

Human Food Dangers 

Some human foods are toxic to pets. Raisins, grapes, chocolate, and some nuts pose a danger to dogs. A danger that many pet owners aren't aware of is bread or ornament dough. If the dough is ingested, it can cause severe illness or even death. Alcohol is another hazard to be aware of. Even a small amount of alcohol can be harmful for dogs, because they can't process alcohol the way humans do. 

Weather Worries 

Winter holidays typically mean cold temperatures. It's important not to leave your pooch outside for too long when it's cold. Dogs can develop hypothermia. The risk is highest when the weather is cold and wet. If it's raining or snowing, be cautious when letting them out. 

Decoration Hazards 

Dogs are curious creatures. They explore the world with their mouths. Shiny items can be very tempting for them. If ingested, some items can cause a bowel blockage or other problems. 

Holiday lights are also dangerous for pets. If your dog chews on the wires, they could be hurt. 

Get Comprehensive Vet Care with from a Veterinarian at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital

If your pet needs veterinary care in Mission, BC, or Maple Ridge, BC, we at Stave Lake Veterinary Hospital provide comprehensive vet care. A veterinarian on our team can provide wellness exams and treatment for diseases and injuries. Call us at(604) 286-0160 for more information.