Tips on How To Keep Your Shih Tzu Safe During the Holidays
The "end of the year" holidays can present some particular hazards to the health of your Shih Tzu, and consequently to your peace of mind. Here are some ideas that have worked for many people to make this time a happy one for all.
Make sure you check your vet's holiday hours and emergency contacts and have the information easily accessible.
Think before you decorate with plants. Shih Tzu will all nibble household plants. Many household plants including mistletoe and some poinsettias can make your Shih Tzu very ill. Make sure your holiday plants are out of your Shih Tzu’s reach.
If you have a Christmas tree, you should put only unbreakable decorations at the bottom of your tree, so there is no danger of your Shih Tzu batting a glass ball and breaking it, or the Shih Tzu chewing your grandmother's antique bubble lights.
If you have a live tree in water, wrap the base so your Shih Tzu can't decide to take a drink of the water. Many modern live trees have been sprayed with chemicals that may be toxic to your Shih Tzu.
Be very, very careful about candles. Your Shih Tzu may be enticed by the flicker of the flame, and may singe his whiskers or worse. Place glass "hurricane lanterns" or other attractive covers over candles to protect your home and your Shih Tzu.
Think ahead to New Years Eve, and plan how to keep your Shih Tzu from becoming frightened by the traditional firecrackers and other noisy merriment. Some Shih Tzu may be severely traumatized by fireworks, be sure to leave them inside if you go out to celebrate.
Shih Tzu may be stressed by the changes in household routine during the holidays, especially if you are stressed yourself. Some cats and dogs respond to stress by becoming hyper or hysterical, and some simply retreat. Plan to spend some special time with your Shih Tzu to calm yourself and reassure them during this period, and if your Shih Tzu is especially upset with strangers visiting, prepare a "refuge" he can go to and escape the "maddening crowd."
Have yourself a very Merry Christmas and New Year with your Shih Tzu by your side.
Author: Connie Limon. I raise Shih Tzu puppies from top champion bloodlines in a variety of colors. Puppies are sold with a health guarantee. We have the small AKC standards, imperials and teacups at reasonable prices. Our site provides you with educational material, dog bows, dog books and supplies. Visit us at http://www.stainglassshihtzus.com and sign up for our FREE newsletter.
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Friday, October 20, 2006
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