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Christmas and Holiday Tips & Reminders

Christmas can be a fun time when you are living with a Golden Retriever. Some dogs quickly learn how to open their own presents! Some people even hang up a stocking for their dog!

Are you prepared for the holidays? Do you have a plan on how to keep that rascally Golden puppy out of the Christmas tree?

Here are some Christmas and Holiday Tips and Reminders:

  • Chocolate is poisonous for your dogs. Keep all chocolate far out of reach.
  • Most Christmas ornaments and decorations are poisonous or potentially dangerous for your pets, this includes mistletoe, holly berries and poinsettia plants. Reactions can vary from a mild skin irritant to cardiac arrest!
  • Do not feed large amounts of left over cooked turkey to your dogs – this can cause a pancreatitis outbreak which can be very painful and serious for your dog. Also, NEVER feed your dogs cooked bones – they can splinter and cause internal injuries.
  • Christmas trees can be very attractive – for your pet as well!! Especially all the nice smelling gifts underneath! The tree represents many dangers, glass balls, Christmas lights, plugs, chocolate in presents, etc etc. A good idea is to set up an exercise pen around the tree to keep your dogs away from harm.
  • A tip from Sandy Brock – “Before the holiday go to a pharmacy and buy a box of cotton balls. Be sure that you get COTTON balls…not the cosmetic puffs that are made from man-made fibers. Also, buy a quart of half-and-half coffee cream and put it in the freezer. Should your dog eat glass ornaments. Defrost the half-and-half and pour some in a bowl. Dip cotton balls into the cream and feed them to your dog. Dogs under 10 lbs should eat 2 balls which you have first torn into smaller pieces. Dogs 10-50 lbs should eat 3-5 balls and larger dogs should eat 5-7. You may feed larger dogs an entire cotton ball at once. Dogs seem to really like these strange treats and eat them readily. As the cotton works its way through the digestive tract it will find all the glass pieces and wrap itself around them. Even the teeniest shards of glass will be caught and wrapped in the cotton fibers and the cotton will protect the intestines from damage by the glass. Your dogs stools will be really weird for a few days and you will have to be careful to check for fresh blood or a tarry appearance to the stool. If either of the latter symptoms appear you should rush your dog to the vet for a checkup but, in most cases, the dogs will be just fine.”

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