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Keeping your dog safe at Christmas

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Christmas is an exciting time for the whole family including the four-legged members here are a few tips for a vet free Christmas. 

 

  1. Chocolate contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs. Keep any treats in a place they can't reach and don't put edible decorations on the tree as your dog could get to them and eat them.

  2. Don't give your dog turkey or chicken bones they can splinter and cause injury.

  3. Christmas pudding, cake and mince pies can contain raisins which are toxic to dogs, so are grapes, keep your dog on their usual food to help prevent stomach upsets. 

  4. Alcohol and caffeine can be poisonous to dogs.

  5. Some nuts are toxic to dogs and others can cause intestinal problems. 

  6. Keep to your dogs normal routine and make sure they still get plenty of exercise to stop them getting bored. 

  7. Make sure your dog has a safe place if they want to get away from visitors and remind people to keep doors shut to prevent your dog from getting out. 

  8. Some popular christmas plants and decorations are toxic to dogs so keep poinsettia, holly, mistletoe, etc. out of reach. 

  9. Your dog could ingest real or fake pine needles or get them stuck in paws so pick up any that fall.

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