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A Dog is for Life Not Just for Christmas
JUST like a new baby, bringing a new puppy into your home is very demanding and requires alot of hard work. New pets must become part of the family because they are not disposable. Every year thousand of puppies are thrown out on the streets because people have bought them as gifts on an act of impulse in the cheery festive season. Then sadly the novelty wears away and the reality dawns upon them, that poor innocent little puppy is now unwanted, it wasn’t his fault, now he must brave the streets and try to survive alone. Please stop and think long and hard about buying a puppy at Christmas.
Christmas can be a very hectic time of year, this isn’t the best time to introduce your new dog to the house. Dogs will rely on you for walks, feeds, baths, training and healthcare. Everyone in the family must want the pet. It’s no use if dad wants a dog and mum doesn’t. That won’t work. Before bringing a pet into your home, you need a heart but you also need your head.
Dogs don’t come fully trained. They can cause a lot of damage to your possessions through chewing and accidents. How committed are you to training your dog?
Puppies can be extremely hard work for an owner, particularly if there are young children in the house – do you have enough time to spend with your pup?
INSTEAD of giving a pet as a gift this Christmas, why not donate to a national or a local dog rescue charity.
If you really think a puppy is right for you why not wait until the New Year. The New Year is the busiest time for dog rescue centers as they become overwhelmed with both new puppies and also older dogs who have now been replaced by irresponsible owners and are now unwanted. If you are a true dog lover you will understand that waiting a few more weeks past christmas would truly be the right decision, especially seen as though you will be given an unwanted dog a new loving home.
Have a Jolly Safe Christmas
Christmas is a chaotic and often stressful time of year for all of us and can be even more so for our canine friends. The home is suddenly transformed and filled with highly charged cables to chew and sparkly decorations to destroy. Here is how to keep your dogs safe this christmas.
If you are buying a real tree don’t add any preservatives, as it may well prolong the life of your tree, but make your dog seriously ill if he were to drink the water. Best to keep a tight fitting tree skirt over it.
Don’t use chocolate tree decorations, chocolate is highly toxic to dogs.
Festive plants like Poinsettia, Mistletoe and Holly are all poisonous to dogs if ingested, keep them out of reach.
Be very careful if you have a puppy or dog that likes to chew things. Wires of Christmas tree lights are serious danger hazards keep wires taped down to conceal them and always remember to turn tree lights off when leaving your dog alone in the house. Best to leave your pets in a room where they have no access to any decorations while your out and about.
Don’t give your dogs turkey bones to chew on as bones can easily splinter and cause serious internal injuries. Also Rich, fatty foods such as turkey skin and dark turkey meat are difficult to digest and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in your dog, and in extreme cases, pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas). Set aside some white meat off the bone for a Christmas treat.
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Death by Chocolate. It’s that time of year again the first door of the advent calendar is opened but don’t be tempted to give your dog chocolate this Christmas. Many pet owners do not realise that chocolate is highly toxic to dogs. But it contains theobromine, a naturally occurring stimulant found in the cocoa bean, which affects the central nervous system as well as the heart muscle, in some cases it can be fatal. More cases of chocolate poisoning are recorded over Christmas and Easter each year.
Human chocolate should not be fed to dogs. Darker and more expensive chocolate contains higher levels of theobromine – the lethal dosage is between 250 and 500 milligrammes per kilogramme of body weight. Drinking chocolate can also have the same effect.
Symptoms of chocolate poisoning are: excessive drinking, vomiting, diarrhoea, collapse, and heart failure. If you suspect your dog is suffering from chocolate poisoning, you must call your vet immediately.
Dog owners often forget the hazardous aspects of the festive season, dogs can sniff out food like pigs sniff out truffles! Dangers include chocolate decorations and edible presents wrapped under the tree. Avoid unnecessary expense and stress over Christmas by staying away from the vets; make sure you take special precautions with keeping chocolate away from your dogs.