Thursday, December 19, 2013

A Fun and Safe Holiday To Create Lasting Memories for You and Your Dog

Holiday time can be a fun and exciting time of year but it can also be stressful for your dog. Dog's don't always like or understand the changes the holiday's bring. Enjoy a happy, festive, and safe holiday while creating lasting memories for you and your furry friend.

Holiday photos: A Christmas photo with Santa may sound like the perfect holiday memory but it is not one all dogs enjoy. A photo session in a crowded pet store may be more stressful than fun for your pup. Those who don't want to sit on Santa's lap may prefer to sit along side or be held by a family  member familiar friend who can join in. Or opt for a festive photo out in the snow or a peaceful shot of your dog laying by a Christmas tree.

Santa hats are not for everyone: Many dog's don't like to dress up.  Although they may look cute in an elf costume or Santa hat, your dog may not be feeling the joy. A festive collar, bandanna, or bow may be more their style.  For those who will cooperate, be sure the costume is correctly sized and comfortable for your pet. Some dog's love to show off their fashionable outfits!

Homemade treats: Baking Christmas cookies? Make some treats for your pup! Be sure to use a recipe that uses only dog friendly ingredients. Your dog will sure to be waiting in the kitchen while their treats are baking!

Be aware of hidden dangers the festivities can bring - You don't want to spend 
Christmas Eve at the emergency vet:

Keep the food out of reach: Holiday parties always bring food that can be tempting to your dog but potentially harmful. Chocolate is highly toxic for dogs so be sure to keep the candy bowl out of reach. Same for nuts, small bones, and alcoholic drinks. Keep tempting bowls of food away since too much of any type of food can cause tummy trouble for your furry friend. Instead, keep their favorite treats on hand so they can enjoy as well.

Ribbons, wrappings, and bows: Many dogs, especially puppies, like to chew on gift wrappings, ribbons, and bows. Keep these items out of reach as they can be harmful if swallowed.

Toxic plants: Holiday plants, such as Poinsettias, Mistletoe, and Holly, are poisonous. Keep them out of your dog's reach and be sure to watch for fallen leaves and berries.

Enjoy a happy holiday season and a safe and healthy New Year!

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