With holiday décor already popping up in stores, Agape Labradoodles in Denver would like to share our tips for protecting your Labradoodle this holiday season. This time of year can be fraught with issues for our four-legged friends. A little added awareness can help ensure that both you and your Labradoodle enjoy the holidays without a trip to the emergency vet.
Beware of Decorations
While some Labradoodles are not big on chewing, some dogs, particularly Labradoodle puppies, like to chew on everything! If you know your is a chewer, you may need to decorate with that in mind.
- Tinsel: While tinsel is not toxic to dogs, it is easily swallowed. It can become trapped in your Labradoodle’s intestinal tract and require a trip to the vet.
- Electric decorations: Lights and other electric decorations look like rope chew toys to dogs. If your Labradoodle loves tug of war, keep an eye on them around the tree.
- Ornaments and trees: Trees can be knocked over, breaking some of your more fragile ornaments. Be sure your tree is well secured add keep those glass and fragile ornaments are out of reach to avoid broken shards from injuring your Labradoodle.
It is important to know that many holiday plants, including Christmas trees, can pose problems to our beloved Labradoodles. Pine needles that are swallowed can cause diarrhea and vomiting. Depending on your Labradoodles age and interest in chewing, you may be better off choosing a fake option. You should know that poinsettias, holly, lilies, and mistletoe are also all dangerous to your dog when ingested.
The abundance of holiday food is part of our holiday traditions. Some of these only appear at holidays and some of them can be a problem to our four-legged friends. It’s a good idea to be aware of which ones you need to keep away from your Labradoodle.
- Chocolate: It seems to be everywhere during the holidays. It only takes a few ounces for your dog to be harmed. Call your vet or a pet poison hotline if you suspect your dog has eaten some.
- Turkey bones: Most dogs love bones, but turkey bones are too fragile to be offered to your Labradoodle. Turkey bones can splinter and become lodged in their digestive tract. Fatty food is hard on dogs as well. It is best to provide your dog with dog treats instead of your holiday meal.
- Grapes, raisins, currants, and nuts: These can cause kidney failure so it is important not to feed them to your dog and to keep them well of out your Labradoodle’s reach.
While gifts are a wonderful part of the holiday season, they can pose a risk to our four-legged friends. Particularly if your dog likes to try chewing on new items, gift wrap, ribbons, and adhesives can also cause trouble for your canine’s stomach. If gifts may be too tempting for your pooch, keep them out of the reach of your Labradoodle.
We here at Agape Labradoodles in Denver want to help with protecting your Labradoodle this holiday season. Be sure to discuss some of the dangers mentioned her to both your children and any guests that might come over to share in your holiday dinner.