Pet jewelry is beautiful, but it can be expensive. I really wanted a pretty Dog Necklace for my dog Jessie, so I decided to try making one myself. I wanted to save money and create a beautiful Dog Chain Collar like the ones I've been seeing all over the internet! Below is a the simple, inexpensive dog necklace you can make at home, like I did for Jessie.

Dog charms and homemade dog necklace

Dog Necklaces

I have a few cute dog charms I've accumulated over the years, as you can see in the photo above. They're the kind of charms you can easily hook on to your dog's collar. 

I figured I could find some really pretty necklace chains at the craft store for my DIY necklace. An updated chain for my dog charms would elevate their look and create a really special necklace for Jessie. She can wear the necklace for the holidays, for a dog's birthday party, or just to look extra fabulous when guests come over!

Homemade Dog Necklace
DIY Dog Necklace I made for my dog Jessie

This is a really simple, easy to make dog chain necklace your can make yourself for your dog. I went to the craft store and looked in the jewelry making section to find the right chain.

I found a ton of lovely chains, beading, and other materials I could make a dog necklace with. I was able to find the chain I used for my dog's necklace for an incredible $2.99 for a 24 inch chain. What a bargain!

Metal chains available in many lengths at the craft store. These are from Michael's Craft Store

I started by measuring the circumference of my dog's neck, adding at least an inch or two so the necklace had plenty of room and did not fit tightly. The measurement I needed for Jessie's necklace was about 11 inches.  

I then cut the 24 inch length of chain I bought at the craft store to 11 inches. It wasn't difficult to make the cut using a small pair of metal cutting shears I borrowed from my husband - LOL! 

That's basically it! I just attached both ends of the chain together with one of the charms.  With this super simple attachment, it allows me to quickly and easily change out the charms.  You can find all kinds of charms like these at craft stores, pet stores, or online.  They're usually only a few dollars each. 

Here's a short video that shows you the process I used to make my very simple dog chain necklace for my dog Jessie.

If you actually know how to make jewelry, you can add jewelry fasteners, clasps, etc. to make your dog necklace more professional looking. 

Is it safe for dogs to wear necklaces?

VERY IMPORTANT!!  Supervise your dog at all times while wearing this dog chain necklace! This simple homemade chain dog necklace doesn't have the easy break-away clasps a dog collar normally would have.  It also doesn't have elastic or any stretchy material for safety, it's a chain. Therefore, it's important to supervise your dog at all times while she or he is wearing this chain necklace.  

Additionally, you should never attach a leash to a dog chain necklace like this one! This isn't a collar you would use to walk your dog, it is dog jewelry. It's merely a fun, decorative item. Your dog should Not sleep in this chain necklace without your supervision either. If the chain got caught on something, there's no stretch or break away elements to allow your dog to escape the collar.

Look how pretty Jessie looks modeling two of her charms on my DIY Dog Necklace. She's wearing the princess charm and the Christmas stocking charm in these photos.


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It's Christmas time of year again, time for Joyful fun! Dogs love Christmas too, and many dogs are fascinated with the Christmas tree, both live trees and artificial trees. But if you're wondering, are Christmas trees dangerous to dogs?  The short answer is Yes, they certainly can be. But with careful planning, awareness, and supervision, dogs can also enjoy the family Christmas tree as they wait with anticipation for Santa Paws to arrive!

Are Christmas Trees Dangerous To Dogs    Dogs and Christmas trees
You mean this pretty Christmas tree can be dangerous to dogs?!

Is The Christmas Tree Dangerous To Dogs?

Potential Dangers of Live Christmas Trees To Dogs

Let's start with live Christmas trees. Live Christmas trees come in many different varieties. But they all have oils, needles, and may have other parts such as buds on them that can potentially harm dogs if ingested.

According to HartzPine tree needles are not digestible and can be mildly toxic depending upon your dog’s size and how much she ingests. The fir tree oils can irritate your dog’s mouth and stomach and cause dogs to vomit or drool excessively. Tree needles can also obstruct or puncture a dog's gastrointestinal tract.

Christmas tree lights can get hot and burn your dog, especially if they try to chew on them. They can also get an electrical shock if they chew on tree lights.  Electrical tree light cords can be very tempting for dogs to chew on.

Chewing on electrical cords can cause other hazards as well. One of the dogs I follow on Twitter just had an incident with the tree light cords. A dog they adopted this past year was having her first Christmas with the family.  She got to the tree lights and ate the cord! Thankfully it was unplugged or it could have been ugly. They have since removed all the lights from their tree. 

Try not to string the lights on the bottom portion of the Christmas tree where your dog can reach them. Keep electrical cords for the tree lights secured to the wall or floor with tape or other material. Check them daily to ensure the dog hasn't been chewing or biting them. If your dog can't resist chewing on the electrical cords, consider not having lights on the tree. We all want lights on the tree, but if my dog's safety was at risk I would ditch them.

Live Christmas trees need to be watered. The water in the tree's stand can be poisonous to your dog.  Christmas trees may have been given preservatives, pesticides, or fertilizers. In addition, people may add tree fertilizer packets or aspirin to the tree water to help keep it fresh. These items can also be toxic to dogs. Try to keep your dog away from the tree water, or try to cover the tree stand's water reservoir. 

Ornaments and their hooks on the Christmas tree can pose a hazard to your dog.  Years ago, my cat Maggie was totally obsessed with a particular set of ornaments for some reason.  There were 3 in the set. They were velvet and had a fabric rope design around them, each shaped differently. One was a heart with a mirror inside it. The other two were shaped like a candy cane and a tree.  I don't know what she found so amusing about these 3 ornaments!  She used to somehow get into the tree and grab one or more of these ornaments, and play with them. I'd find them under the couch or my bed. It was only these 3 ornaments! I never did figure out why she was so enthralled with these particular ornaments, but by the third year I stopped putting them on the tree because I didn't want her to ingest any part of them. That would have been bad.

Biting and breaking an ornament can be dangerous for dogs. They can cut their mouths on ornament shards or sharp edges. If they ingest an ornament it could create an intestinal blockage. 

In addition, ornaments can be made of materials that are toxic to dogs, so even licking or chewing on an ornament can become a serious issue.  You don't want to have to rush your dog to the emergency Vet on Christmas Eve!  

One of the Christmas tree decorations I stopped trimming the tree with years ago is tinsel! Another story about my cat Maggie - yeah, she seriously Loved the Christmas tree!  

One year, when I was still putting tinsel on my tree, Maggie cat was of course poking around amusing herself with the tree.  At one point I saw her from behind, and there was a string hanging out of her rectum!  I moved closer and realized it was tinsel! I was so freaked out. 

I had read that if a dog or cat ingests string you should never try to pull it out of their rectum if it's passing through/ Tugging on it could be dangerous. So I let it be and called the Vet. He said to monitor her carefully and as long as she wasn't vomiting, having diarrhea, or experiencing other symptoms of distress I should see if she would pass it in her stool. I prayed she would completely pass it, and thankfully by the next day she did. 

I learned that if tinsel is swallowed by a dog or cat it could potentially cause a dangerous intestinal blockage, which would likely require surgery.

Artificial spray "snow" that comes in a can can also make your dog sick. Dogs can have an adverse reaction if they inhale the material as you're spraying it on the tree.  Many dogs can also be tempted to chew on or eat this substance as well, which can make them sick.

Potential Dangers of Artificial Christmas Trees

The potential hazards of artificial Christmas Trees to dogs are very much the same in terms of lights, ornaments, tinsel and fake snow.  With artificial trees you need to be cautious of all the materials the tree is made of.

The artificial branches, or fake "needles" can be dangerous if swallowed by dogs. Most artificial Christmas trees are made of PVC or other plastic, and some are made with aluminum. Many artificial trees are pre-lit or have flocking, which is the white substance that resembles snow. These materials can cause intestinal blockage if ingested by dogs. 

Dogs, Cats and Christmas Tree Dangers

The best way to keep your dog safe from potential Christmas tree dangers to dogs is to supervise her around the tree at all times. Check the tree lights, water, and ornaments to see that your dog hasn't been touching them. You may even need to block the tree off from the dog if she seems a little too interested in the lights, ornaments, branches, etc.

If your dog experiences symptoms of illness and you suspect they may have gotten into something on your Christmas tree, call your Veterinarian immediately. 

Symptoms to watch out for include; Vomiting, Diarrhea, Lethargy, Mouth irritation, Loss of appetite, Bowel movement concerns. Don't take any chances, it can't hurt to check in with your Vet.


Christmas Tree Dangers To Dogs

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