In all the excitement it is easy to overlook potential hazards and dangers to your dog:
- Christmas decorations - can be chewed and swallowed. They can break up into sharp fragments.Tinsel can act like a liguture - externally and internally.
- Drinks. Alcohol is bad for dogs!
- Wrappings. Can be chewed and swallowed, may cause digestive problems
- Turkey bones are lethal. Cooked bones are brittle and will act like knives on the intestines.
In the Winter we get cold, damp, snow and ice. All can be hazards to your dog.
Snow can hide all sorts of dangers.
A frozen lake, you can see tree debris on the ice. Is it safe for your dog to walk on? In this case, very unlikely. It is a carp fishing lake and is quite deep. A real danger to your dog.
A list of potential hazards and dangers to your dog are below.
- Hidden dangers, e.g. holes, broken glass, etc.
- Slipping and Falling
- Frozen ponds, lakes, rivers
- Hypothermia (exposure to cold)
- Health problems exacerbated by cold
- Frozen ponds, etc. may not bear the weight of your dog.
- Falling & slipping can cause soft-tissue damage or a broken bone.
- Older and vulnerable dogs may suffer exposure and exhaustion. A coat is a good idea.
- Arthritis can be more noticeable. Breathing problems can worsen with cold air.
- The heart has to work harder. Exhaustion can set in.
- Salt used to treat icy roads can irritate paws.
- Anti-freeze and de-icers are toxic.