Holiday Dos and Don’ts for Dogs

Holidays can be a time of food and fun for most people, but for dogs they can be a dangerous time of the year. Troy Pfeifer with Sit Means Sit visited our studio on Thursday along with his trusty sidekick Jezebel to share some tips for protecting your pets this time of year. Ornaments, tinsel and other decorations often look like shiny toys to our pets, so we should be mindful of where those items are located in our homes. There are a variety of foods that can also pose health hazards. Very bitter chocolate can be poisonous to dogs, and cooked bones can often splinter and do harm to their internal organs. Bread dough can also be dangerous because the yeast will proof in the dog’s stomach and can cause a blockage. Also food like stuffing that may have a variety of things like onions, garlic and raisins in it should never be given to dogs. A great command to teach your dogs for this time of year is “Leave It”. It helps to prevent an accidental food drop from becoming a dangerous situation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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