Keeping Houndies Safe at Christmas



‘Tis the season to be jolly, and nodoggy wants a trip to the vet over the holidays! To help you houndie helpers and doggy parents out we’ve got a few tips for you to keep your hound happy and healthy while you are putting up your decorations and eating lots of human treats! Don’t forget if you are unsure about what your pet has ingested or if there has been an incident call your dogtor!


  • Make sure you anchor your Christmas tree securely to prevent a curious snout toppling it over
  • Sweep up pine needles (real or artificial regularly) so nodoggy licks them up by mistake
  • If you are decorating your tree with breakables put them up high out of reach, or better yet don’t use them at all.If they get knocked off they could be hazardous for paws. Also try and avoid tinsel which if ingested can cause serious issues and a trip to the vet.
  • DON’T decorate with edibles – they are far too tempting for houndies who will easily move from being counter surfers to tree surfers!
  • keep tree light cables secured and check regularly in case someone has had a nibble! Nobody wants an electric shock!
  • Use a  barrier around your tree if possible to prevent dogs from drinking the water for a real tree and DON’T add preservatives to the water, these are toxic.
  • Don’t leave presents under the tree where doggies can find them, especially if there is food in them.



  • Don’t give your dog cooked bones of any kind, as they can splinter in the stomach and intestine.
  • If you are cooking a ham or turkey make sure you don’t leave it on the bench for counter surfers to find. Instead of putting bones in the kitchen bin wrap them up and but them straight into your big bin outside. A determined dog will sniff out the bones and knock over your bin otherwise!
  • Don’t give too many human food scraps to your dog. Too much fatty foods can cause severe gastric upsets and even pancreatitis.
  • Chocolate, mince pies, plum puddings, fruit cake, alcohol and lots of other Christmas goodies are toxic for dogs. Put all food away and out of reach, and dispose of all wrappers, foil, and string in a secure bin.


Christmas is a busy and stressful time of year – don’t forget your hound can get stressed too! With lots of people coming and going, kiddies with noisy toys and everyone in a rush don’t forget to make your best friend comfy.

  • Ensure gates and doors are closed quickly, and remind guests to shut them. You may even pop up a note on your exterior doors as a reminder for people without pooches who could easily forget there is a four legged family member about!
  • If you have guests staying overnight keep doors to bedrooms shut and ask guests to make sure their bags or suitcases are closed securely. Also ask them if they have any medications to keep them out of reach of nosey needle noses!
  • If you can create a safe place for your hound to go away from all the noise and stress in another room. Give them their favourite toys and blankets, turn on the radio low to something soothing such as Classic FM, and give them a long lasting treat, and leave plenty of water.
  • If you are going out keep in mind it can be stressful for your pet to have an unusual routine, so don’t go out all day and night without checking on your hound. If you are taking your hound with you make sure you can put he or she somewhere safe for time out if need be too, and that wherever they are is safe and secure with people going in and out.

Have a safe Christmas!



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