The holiday season is in full swing! If you have a dog, your pooch will happily join in the festivities, and will definitely be paying close attention to that delicious holiday food. Dogs are part of the family, too! In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair pet clinic, a local vet discusses holidays with Fido.
This can be a dangerous time of year for dogs! Decorations are definitely something to be concerned about. Ribbons, lights, tinsel, garlands, ornament hooks, pine needles, and small or sharp objects are all very hazardous to Man’s Best Friend. The tree water is another issue: it could contain residue from sap, fertilizer, or other unsafe substances that you definitely don’t want your dog drinking. If you have a real tree, cover the bowl so Fido can’t drink from it. Candles, fireplaces, and heaters are also a concern.
Don’t forget to pick up something for your canine buddy! A new doggy bed is a great gift idea! Toys, treats, and doggy clothes are also good options. If you have an older dog or a large breed, consider getting him elevated doggy dishes. Some other great doggy gifts include doggy water bottles, a new leash or harness, dental chews, and pawdicure kits.
It’s fine to pamper your pup with a special snack. Just be sure to only give Fido safe, suitable foods. Never give your furry best friend anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; avocados; pitted fruits; caffeine; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; or xylitol. Meat on the bone is also dangerous, as are raw meat, dough, and yeast. Ask your vet for more information.
Are you hosting a party or event this holiday season? Make sure your pooch puts his best paw forward for your guests. First, give Fido a good bath, or take him to the groomer’s, a few days before the big event. Does your pooch have a bad habit, such as begging or jumping on people? Keep him in a quiet room with food, toys, and bedding during meals and when people are coming or going. It’s also worth your while to tire your pup out with a long, vigorous play session, so he’ll be calmer—and better behaved—after.
Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair pet clinic, anytime. We’re happy to help!