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Santa Paws may be coming to town but this time of year can be hazardous for dogs…

Lisa Suswain
Thursday, December 7, 2017

As dog owners we all want to ensure our dogs enjoy a wonderful Christmas, but with the celebrations come potential dangers that we all need to be mindful of.


In terms of food chocolate is very toxic so save those Christmas tree chocolates and keep them out of reach of your dog. If you’re thinking of serving up a Christmas dinner for your dog remember Turkey skin can cause pancreatitis, cooked bones are brittle and can splinter and choke your dog not to mention the toxic onion found in stuffing. There are some great Christmas inspired treats for your dog if the way to your best friend’s heart is through his tummy!

Fred in front of the Christmas Tree



Decorations can also prove to be a problem, especially for a young pup that is experiencing a Christmas tree for the first time! Trees can easily be pulled over, power leads chewed through and fallen pine needles can get stuck in paws. It goes without saying; don’t leave your dog unattended around any decorations.


During this cold weather be mindful of highly toxic antifreeze, ensuring it’s kept well away from your pet. Also the rock salt spread by gritters can cause dehydration, liver failure and pancreatitis when dogs walk on it and then lick their paws. It’s a good idea to get your dog into the routine of having his paws washed after winter walks.


Finally we all love a sprig of mistletoe and a splash of holly but did you know the berries are poisonous? Indeed so are the poinsettias which make their way into our homes at this time of year.


We would recommend at this time of year checking the opening times of your Veterinary practise over the festive season. For further information on other poisonous substances to your dog please contact your local Vet.


Apple ready for Christmas

From all of us at Wagging Tails we wish you a very happy and safe Christmas. For all dogs enjoying a Christmas holiday with one of our fabulous carers no need to panic – we’ve told Santa Paws where to deliver the stocking!


Wagging Tails Franchisor Lisa Suswain walking her dogsOwner of  Golden Retrievers Lottie and Clara, Lisa Suswain is the Founder and Managing Director of home dog boarding franchise Wagging Tails and a Kennel Club Assured Breeder