Keep Your Dog Safe With These Holiday Safety Tips!


‘Tis the season for putting up decorations and eating delicious holiday treats, but that also means pets could be getting into serious trouble!

Trupanion, a leading provider of medical insurance for cats and dogs, sees a 10% increase in foreign body ingestion claims and a 24% increase in toxicity claims during the holiday months each year.

But you can keep your pets safe this holiday season with the below tips from Dr. Sarah Nold:

Hang decorations with care. The top five festive foreign body ingestion claims come from tinsel, ribbon, turkey bones, mistletoe and ornaments and cost an average of $1,400 to remove. Try to keep decorations out of pet’s reach and supervise them whenever possible.

Be mindful of cords. Tape down electrical cords and always unplug them when you aren’t around to supervise your pets.

Choose plants wisely. Holiday plants such as poinsettias, mistletoe, holly leaves and berries are poisonous to dogs.

Cover the tree water. Keep your dogs from drinking the Christmas tree’s water by keeping a cover on it and ensuring they have plenty of fresh water to drink.

Make your pet their own treats. Avoid feeding your pup scraps from the table, many of which are poisonous to them, and make them their own pet-friendly snacks such as these festive recipes.

Be prepared with pet medical insurance. The holidays are a busy and expensive time of year, but pet medical insurance gives you the peace of mind that, if the unexpected were to happen, your dog would receive the best care possible regardless of financial burden. 

Top Dog Names of 2016

From Twilight and Game of Thrones to Grey’s Anatomy, it’s no secret that pop culture provides us with an endless amount of inspiration for naming our furry friends.

But what dog names rank in the top 10?

DogVacay, the most popular pet sitting service in the U.S. and Canada with more than 35,000 vetted hosts booking millions of overnights a year, uncovered the top dog names in 2016, which you can see in the infographic below. Here are some of the interesting findings from this year's list:

13 out of the 20 names end with an "e."

Max, Chloe, and Buddy all appeared in this summer’s animated hit The Secret Life of Pets movie.

Literature continues to inspire more traditional names such as Daisy (Buchanan), Jack (Kerouac), Oliver (Twist) and Charlie (and the Chocolate Factory).

Even though Bella and Max top the list, interesting enough it's not a top name for celebrity dogs. Additionally, pet owners opted for traditional dog names versus naming their pets after famous celebrities (sorry, Beyonce.)

DogVacay found that New York loves the name Oliver, Los Angeles has the most Charlies, Bellas and Buddys and Chicago is home to a lot of Lucys.

The craziest dog names of the year include: Arlo Wafflepants, Avocado Nudleman, Bark Ruffalo, Cheese Sandwich and Jake from State Farm.

Courtesy of DogVacay