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Christmas and Hanukkah Tips for Dogs

The Holiday Season is a magical time—especially when you’ve got a furry friend around to show you nothing but unconditional love!


Shopping for your dog is just as much fun as shopping for a child. There are toys, outfits, and practical gifts to buy. There are dog stockings to fill. Children may grow up and lose the magic of the season, but dogs are always willing to believe that a nice man in a red suit wants to give them piles of toys! Enjoy!

While you’re making a list of who’s been naughty or nice this holiday season, don’t forget your precious pooch! What dog doesn’t love a yummy treat, or a new chew or toy? From Dog Treats/Edible Chews, to Dog Toys/Chews (for Powerful or Moderate chewers) Nylabone has a gift to make your dog the envy of every dog on the block! 

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Photo with Santa-Paws

Many of the larger pet supply stores offer a photo op with your dog and Santa and, most often, the proceeds go to a good cause. And, you’ll end up with the perfect Holiday card to send your friends next year.

Christmas Safety for Dogs

  • Be sure that your dog doesn’t get too much rich “people” food. This applies to any day, but no holiday has as much rich food as Christmas does.
  • Make sure your dog can’t dash out a door when company comes. You are likely to have more company in December than during the rest of the year combined.
  • Substances like chocolate, alcohol, and caffeine are dangerous year-round, but are more likely to be in the house at Christmastime.
  • Candles are always a worry. Some Christmas decorations include lighted candles next to dry fir arrangements—just don’t do it!

If you have an adventurous dog, remember these Christmas Tree safety tips:

  • No glass ornaments, at least on the lower branches. When dogs are batting at ornaments, you don’t want ones that can fall and break.
  • No tinsel. It is indigestible, and if it gets caught in your dog’s intestinal tract, you’re on your way to the emergency clinic for some serious surgery.
  • No food on the tree. That means no strings of popcorn (if your dog eats the popcorn, the string can end up tangled in his tummy—which means a trip to the emergency clinic!) It also means no candy canes, since you never know what will strike a dog’s fancy. And it definitely means no cute little fake-dog-treat ornaments. Some dogs who turn up their noses at dog treats will climb a tree to get a lacquered, painted dog treat. We don’t know why, but it’s true!
  • No preservatives in the tree water. If you have a fresh tree, keep it well watered, but don’t add those packets of preservatives to the water.
  • No presents under the tree. Ribbons, paper, and boxes can become a shredded mess the minute you turn your head.
  • If possible, try to separate the tree from the dog. Put the tree in a room that you declare off limits to the dog unless you’re there to supervise. Or, if you have a small tree, put it on a tall table so that your dog can’t reach it.

Will your dog ever outgrow this behavior? Maybe. A lot of boisterous puppies and young dogs become very mellow adults. However, some dogs—like some people—just never grow up, and “better safe than sorry” definitely applies here. Keep a careful eye on your dog and his environment. Make sure that he can’t get in trouble. Love him, protect him, guard him, and make sure he stays safe through the holidays.

Hanukkah Safety for Dogs

The “Festival of Lights” can be a fun time to include your dog in holiday festivities, but keep these safety rules in mind.

  • The most important Hanukkah ritual is lighting the menorah. If you have a curious dog, you’ll want to supervise him while the candles are lit, to avoid accidents.
  • It is traditional to eat foods fried in oil during Hanukkah. Some common foods are potato latkes and “sufganiot” (jelly doughnuts). For your dog’s health, avoid giving him any of the rich holiday food you celebrate with.

Excerpted from The Little Dogs Beauty Book© 2006 T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by Permission.


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