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Hello Monday ! If you are new to my blog on Monday I chat about home, home decor and family . Today it’s all about the holiday with our four legged family members. I am a Mom to a Dog and 3 cats : which makes me take caution n my Christmas decorating: So here some tips and treats for you…. Lisa

Flowers

Holly, mistletoe and poinsettia plants are pet poisons!  Make sure they are kept in places your dog cannot reach. 

Can dogs be around poinsettias? Though they have a bad rap, poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) plants are only mildly toxic to cats and dogs. … While poinsettias are commonly “hyped” as poisonous plants, they rarely are, and the poisoning is greatly exaggerated. When ingested, mild signs of vomiting, drooling, or rarely, diarrhea may be seen.

Christmas Tree:

Luna under the tree
  • Christmas tree: Make sure your dogs or cats do not chew on limbs or droppings form the tree. Ingested pine needles could get lodged in the intestinal tract, puncturing the lining or bunching together and causing an intestinal obstruction.
  • Water base: The water base of a Christmas tree contains dangerous chemicals that could harm your pet.
  • Christmas lights and tinsel: Position your tree’s lights and tinsel draping away from the bottom of the tree where pets can get to them. 
  • Candles: Don’t leave candles unattended. Pets may accidentally knock them over and spill wax or start a fire.
  • Fire starter logs: Dogs that enjoy chewing should steer clear; these logs contain sawdust and paraffin which can cause an irritated stomach or even intestinal blockage when ingested.

Holiday Table :

  • Bones: Bones easily splinter and can cause serious health problems (even death) for your pet.
  • Candy: Particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol.  
  • Citrus and pits: Keep foods containing citric acid away from your pets. Foods such as cherry pits, peach pits and apple seeds contain essential oils that have the ability to cause irritations and even central nervous system depression if a significant amount is ingested.

What to feed your Dog? Homemade Dog treats :

packaged dog treats
  • 2 cups fresh sweet potato puree
  • 1 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3 T peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Peel and cube two medium sweet potatoes and bring to a boil in pot of water. Reduce to low and simmer approximately 15-20 minutes or until soft. Drain cooked potatoes and puree using blender or food processor.
  • In small bowl, stir together the flour, oats, and cinnamon.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg, sweet potato and peanut butter until combined. Stir wet ingredients into dry.
  • Pour onto a floured surface and roll dough out to 1/4 – 3/8 thick. Cut out using Christmas cookie cutter. The dough will be a little sticky, dust your hands and the rolling pin with a little flour to help!
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until golden brown.
  • Place on cooling racks and let cool thoroughly. They will harden as they cool.

Check back Tuesday as I am at the Library and teaching a class on paper trees…… Lisa

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