Fresh Patch Shares Safety Tips for Dogs During Holidays

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Holiday festivities can pose great health risks for dogs. By taking a few precautions, pet owners can ensure that the holiday season does not include an emergency trip to the vet.

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Foods that should not be given to pets: alcohol, avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, onions, garlic, chives, milk, salt, and undercooked meats, eggs, and bones

Fresh Patch, the maker of the real-grass disposable dog potty, is encouraging its customers to follow holiday safety tips of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and other dog-friendly organizations.

The Christmas tree alone can be very dangerous to dogs, says a Fresh Patch spokesperson. The lights and decorations are obvious dangers, but there may also be preservatives and toxicities released into the water reserve needed to keep natural trees from drying out. The best thing is to try to place the tree in a room that a pet cannot enter without human help, and to keep a watchful eye on a pet whenever it is near the tree. Christmastime mistletoe and holly, as well as popular decorative plants, if ingested, can also pose a serious risk to pets.

Holiday food is another big danger, says the Fresh Patch Company. Most dog owners now know that chocolate, coffee, and caffeine can hurt or kill their pets. However, there are many other holiday foods that can cause serious health problems. The ASPCA includes the following items as foods that should not be given to pets: alcohol, avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, onions, garlic, chives, milk, salt, and undercooked meats, eggs, and bones. Spicy and fatty human food should always be avoided.

According to the Fresh Patch Company, holiday parties pose particular risks. Party hosts who are entertaining guests are distracted from watching their pets. At the same time, party guests can leave unfinished food and drinks scattered around the house, as well as possible medications such as aspirin. Unfortunately, it takes just a second for a dog (or cat) to get into serious trouble. While it may seem unfriendly, the best course of action when having a holiday party may be to contain a pet in a room that is totally free of holiday decorations, party food, and the purses and coats of guests.

The Fresh Patch Company points out that every pet owner should keep handy the telephone number of the ASPCA Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435. This ASPCA Center can be contacted for advice 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

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