The kitchen is a cornucopia of temptation this time of year, the living room a play land of candy bowls and things that appear to be treats. Sparkly, shiny and crinkly things beg for attention. Visitors are quick to sneak an unauthorized treat under the table or behind your back.
A couple of years ago my intrepid Pit Bull, Quizz, helped himself to a dozen and a half of peanut butter blossoms. You know the fabulous cookies with the chocolate kisses in the middle? They’d been sitting back from the edge of the counter, but my enterprising pooch managed to use his prehensile tongue to drag the cookie rack off the counter and voila! For a small time he was a very happy dog. I, on the other hand, was a frantic Pit Bull mama!
That was a lot of chocolate, sugar and fat my dear dog had gobbled up. His subsequent upset stomach didn’t dim his desire for what he thought he wanted. This little event only made me more vigilant as to how we handled goodie’s in the house.
Here are a few helpful hints to help you, your family and your Pit Bull get through the season without any emergency trips to the vet:
- Establish house rules when the guests arrive.
- Show them the where the appropriate dog treats are.
- Keep a close eye on your Pit Bulls interaction with guests. If they are tired or overly excited, give them a time-out so that they can re-coup.
In the Kitchen:
- Do not leave food unattended on the counters when preparing your holiday delicacies. As illustrated above, our beloved animals are resourceful.
- Keep pans, knives or anything that can be pulled down from the counter away from the edges.
- Do not encourage begging while preparing the meal. Give them a safe place to go while the meal preparation is in full swing and have appropriate treats on hand if they deserve rewards.
Foods to Avoid (these foods can cause diarrhea, vomiting, irritable digestive systems):
- Raisins/ Grapes
- Bread Dough
Poisonous Holiday Plants (ALL cause irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and even death if ingested):
- Christmas cactus,
- Holly/ Ivy
Should the worst case scenario happens and your dog falls ill, call your veterinarian immediately. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.
This is a time to celebrate with your entire family. As humans, we need to stand firm against those soulful eyes we fell in love with and know that we say “NO!” for their own good this holiday season.
If you are looking to add a new member to your family, this is the season to open your hearts! Ring Dog Rescue, Richmond Animal League, and Annabelle’s Second Chance Rescue all have wonderful Pit Bull’s looking for their forever homes. Please take a moment to look at their Adoptable Bullies. Who knows, you might find a family member.