Keep your dog safe during hectic holiday season: expert

December 15th, 2012 in Biology / Plants & Animals
Keep your dog safe during hectic holiday season: expert
Also a good idea to to put off getting that new puppy.


Also a good idea to to put off getting that new puppy.

(HealthDay)—Christmas can be a stressful and dangerous time for dogs, according to the American Kennel Club.

The holidays are also not a good time to bring a puppy into your home. In fact, many responsible breeders do not breed litters with a Christmas delivery date, according to one expert.

"Bringing a puppy into your life in the 'off-season' is a safer alternative than exposing a new puppy to holiday dangers in the home. Consider gift wrapping dog toys or supplies such as a leash or food bowl to symbolize the gift of a puppy to come," AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson said in a club news release.

She noted that puppies are a full-time responsibility and they require a great deal of time, attention and love during their first few weeks in their new home. People have disrupted and hectic schedules during the holidays, making it extremely difficult to set aside the time needed to properly care for a puppy.

The AKC offered some tips to keep your dogs safe and happy during the holidays:

More information: The Partnership for Animal Welfare has more holiday pet safety tips.

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