Harlequin Haven Great Dane Rescue

Harlequin Haven
Great Dane Rescue

11567 St. Rt. 774
Bethel, Ohio 45106

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Holiday Safety 

Keeping your dog safe during the holidays can be difficult. With the tree, ornaments, plants, presents, lights and other holiday decorations safety needs to be a top priority.

Place your Christmas tree in a corner out of the way blocking it off is always safest. Hang something on the bottom branches that will create noise to warn you of an impending tree disaster. Tinsel can add a nice sparkle to the tree, but make sure you hang it up out of your pet's reach. Ingesting the tinsel can potentially block their intestines, which is generally only remedied through surgical means. Do not put lights on the tree's lower branches. Not only can your dog get tangled up in the lights, they are a burning hazard, or your dog may inadvertently get shocked by biting through the wire. Ornaments need to be kept out of reach, too. In addition to being a choking and intestinal blockage hazard, shards from broken ornaments may injure paws, mouths, or other parts of your dogs body. For those buying a live Christmas tree this year, keep the area free and clear of pine needles. While they may not seem dangerous, the needles can puncture your dogs intestines if ingested. Edible tree decorations, whether ornaments, cranberry or popcorn strings, are like time bombs waiting to happen. These goodies are just too enticing and your dog will surely tug at them, knocking down your decorated tree.

To prevent any accidental electrocutions, any exposed indoor or outdoor wires should be taped to the wall or the sides of the house. Keep wires and batteries out of your dogs reach.

Did you know holly, mistletoe, and poinsettia plants are poisonous to dogs? Holly and poinsettias when ingested, can cause dogs to suffer nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Mistletoe can cause gastrointestinal upset and cardiovascular problems. If you normally use these plants to decorate your home, they should be kept in an area your dog cannot reach. Or opt for just-as-jolly artificial plants made from silk or plastic, or choose a pet-safe bouquet.

Don't leave lighted candles unattended. Burning candles should be placed on high shelves or mantels, out of your dogs way, there's no telling where a wagging tail may end up. Be sure to use appropriate candle holders, placed on a stable surface. And if you leave the room, put the candle out! Homes with fireplaces should use screens to avoid accidental burns.

When wrapping gifts, be sure to keep your dog away. Wrapping paper, string, plastic, or cloth could cause intestinal blockages. Scissors are another hazard, and they should be kept off floors or low tables.

Always keep your veterinarian's phone number handy, along with the number of the nearest emergency clinic and the animal poison control center, in case of emergency.

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