Tips to Keep Your Dog Happy and Healthy This Holiday Season
The holiday season is upon us, and so is the hustle and bustle that it brings with it. It is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for everyone including your pet. The kids stay home for the holidays that make your dog feels happier than usual.
The holiday season entails a lot of preparation for gatherings and dinners which can be stressful for your pet. Do not forget to prepare for your dog as they get overwhelmed easily, and all the decoration may stress them out.
As a dog parent, you need to take the right measures beforehand to ensure that your pet gets through the holiday season without any health issues. Here are a few tips that will help you ensure the safety and health of your pet.
The Right Festive Treats
Foods meant for humans are for humans, not for the dog. Chocolates can be very harmful to your pet and can damage the digestive system of the pet. Moreover, they can swallow the treat with the packaging which can cause bleeding and choking hazards in dogs. Keep the dog treats separate and handy, make sure you have labeled the treats as dog treats.
Inform the Guests
During the festivities, you are sure to host many dinners and gatherings, leave instructions at the door on what you can and cannot feed your dog. Before dinner starts, inform your guests to feed the dog only suitable things and also not to overfeed them.
A Safe Haven
Your dog is sure to get overwhelmed and disturbed by excessive activity from friends and relatives to decorators and such. This can disturb your dog quite a bit; the best thing to do is create a quiet place for the dog with its bed and food in a separate section of the house or a less used corner. Make sure that your dog has a place to go and rest amongst all the chaos.
Do not feed your dog even the tiniest amount of alcohol; keep all the drinks made with alcohol out of its reach. Instead, keep a drink or treat that your dog likes to have. Alcohol can be extremely harmful to your pets and can also be life-threatening in some cases.
The festive season is not complete without a tree, and you are sure to find a variety of sturdy natural trees to decorate your living room. However, taking the necessary measures to ensure that the tree does not end up with your dog, you need to bolt it down. Make sure the bottom is sturdy and does not easily topple over. Also, do not buy any ornaments that have flocking on it, if swallowed it can potentially kill your dog.
Try to keep the same routine for your pet that you had before the holiday season. Keep up with the walks and meal times of your pet to make sure they do not get anxious or feel out-of-place.
Dress up your pet in warm fuzzy Santa pajamas, spend time with your dog and take pictures to create wonderful memories. Make sure that nothing is stressing your dog out. Show it the decoration process once you bring home the tee and put all the delicate and breakable decorations on the top of the tree. Make sure that your dog does not lick the bottom of the tree as the preservatives and oils from the tree can be harmful to its health. Get a Christmas themed ball for your pet, and it will enjoy the little gift.