During the holidays, we always have plenty of food hanging around. Along with that, we have a curious dog or two in the family. And remember we have dogs with odor receptors that are about 50 times our own. Put those together and you have a recipe for some problems if you don’t take precautions.
First of all, there are a whole host of human foods that are dangerous to our dogs. Most of us know about chocolate, but there are plenty of others. Get to know what they are. This can mean the difference between a happy holiday and one that ends early with a trip to the emergency vet.
Second, don’t believe for a moment that wrapping food in foil or plastic will prevent that scent from escaping. Our dogs can still smell something enticing. And they have the easy ability to chew off the plastic or foil to get to the goodies.
Third, how talented is your pooch at being able to open cabinet doors, climb onto the center of the table, or manage to counter surf? I even have a little Yorkie who managed to move a chair into the right position to get what he wanted. Never underestimate the talents of your dog.
Take the necessary precautions to keep your dog safe. It’s plenty more than losing that special dessert you just spent an hour making. It can mean the life of your dog. Many of the humans food to avoid giving your dog are deadly.
So put food far away from your curious pooch. Put them in places like the refrigerator, even the oven, that have doors too hard for your dog to open. Keep your dog out of the kitchen if you have to leave food too close at hand. Therefore, keep your happy holidays happy for everyone.