St. Patrick’s Day is the one day of the year that everyone becomes Irish. This is a day for drinking green beer and eating traditional Irish foods. Although the Holiday be may fun for humans, we need to take precautions to make sure our canine companions stay safe.
- Traditional Irish foods, like sauerkraut, cabbage, sausages and corned beef are NOT good for your pet. Keep all food out of reach from your pooch. The temptation can be too much when snacks are in reach and they smell so good. Be sure to feed your dog before company arrives to ensure that she eats the right foods. Also, green food coloring could cause intestinal upset.
- Alcohol is not good for pets, so keep your green beer out of her reach. Dogs do not absorb alcohol the same way people do. It is very toxic to them, so leave the libations to you and your people friends.
- Your four-legged friend was not blessed with a green coat, but you can help them out. If you are going to dye your dog’s fur green, use non-toxic, all-natural vegetable dye. Make sure that the coloring won’t affect their sensitive skin and is okay if they lick it off.
- Having friends over can be fun for your pets too, but sometimes it is a little overwhelming. Make sure your dog has a safe place to go if she wants to get away.
- Ensure ID tags are on and readable. With people coming and going during parties, your dog or other pets may get out. Make sure they get home safe with proper ID tags and microchips.
Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery County, northern Chester County and eastern Berks County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com.
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