Keeping Your Dog Merry & Safe: Holiday Do’s & Don’ts

Keeping Your Dog Merry & Safe: Holiday Do’s & Don’ts

The holiday season is a time full of joy and celebration, but it's important to remember that our four-legged friends may need some extra care and attention during this festive period. As responsible pet owners, we must be aware of the potential hazards that can arise with decorations, food, and gatherings in our homes. In this blog post, we'll discuss some important holiday do's and don'ts to ensure a safe and enjoyable time for both you and your beloved canine companion.

Australian Shepherd Dog laying in chistmas decor

The Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is undoubtedly the centerpiece of holiday decorations. However, it can pose various risks to our furry friends. Ensure the tree is securely anchored to prevent it from toppling over, potentially injuring your dog. Avoid using tinsel, as it can cause intestinal blockages if ingested. Opt for pet-friendly ornaments that are non-toxic and avoid hanging them too low, as they might tempt your dog to play or chew on them.

Lights and Electrical Cords

Bright and twinkling lights can be captivating, but they can also be dangerous. Make sure all electrical cords are securely fastened and hidden from your dog's reach to prevent chewing and potential electrical shocks. Keep an eye on your dog around the lights to avoid any accidents or entanglement.

dog laying on back near christmas presents

Mistletoe and Other Toxic Plants

While mistletoe and other holiday plants may add festive charm to your home, they can be toxic to dogs if ingested. Ensure these plants are kept well out of your dog's reach. Consider using artificial alternatives that are safe for both dogs and humans.


Candles create a cozy ambiance during the holidays, but they can be a fire hazard, especially with curious dogs around. Keep candles elevated on stable surfaces and never leave them unattended. Opt for flameless candles or diffusers as a safer alternative.

two Australian shepherd dogs laying down

Non-Dog Friendly Foods

As tempting as it may be to share holiday treats with your furry friend, it's crucial to resist the urge. Many human foods, such as chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, and alcohol, can be toxic to dogs. Stick to their regular diet and consider offering dog-friendly holiday treats instead.

Hosting Gatherings

If you're hosting gatherings at your home, take your dog's needs into account. This could be a good excuse to stuff your dog's stocking with lots of new toys, so if you find your pet overwhelmed with company, they can take some of their new toys into a room and decompress. Inform guests about your dog's boundaries and ask for their cooperation in not feeding them any table scraps. Ensure your dog has proper identification and consider microchipping them if you haven't already, as open doors during parties can increase the risk of escape.

a row of puppies wearing santa hats

By following these holiday do's and don'ts, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for both you and your furry friend. Remember, their well-being should always be a top priority. With a little extra caution, you can create lasting memories and cherish the festive season together, knowing your dog is safe and happy.

At Bella Loma K9, we understand the importance of keeping your dog entertained and engaged during the holidays. If you’re looking for a gift for yourself or a fellow dog lover, check out our wide range of interactive and durable dog toys or our Holiday Gift Box that any dog owners would love to receive! Our wide range of products are perfect for keeping your dog entertained while you celebrate the season. Happy Holidays!