Holidays for Dogs
The holidays are for spending time with friends and family, including your dog. If you are traveling this year, think of going to a place you and your dog can enjoy equally. If your pet is not good at traveling, think of staying at home this year, so the whole family can enjoy the holidays together. Whether you are at home or away, make sure the holidays are safe for both yourself and your pet. There are a few important safety precautions you need to be aware of before embarking on the holiday season.
When you are planning on celebrating the holidays with a large crowd of family and friends, be award of how this affects your dog. Many dogs are not comfortable around large crowds, especially when they are not used to it. Cats and dogs both get nervous when surrounded by lots of unfamiliar people. In order to keep your dog comfortable during this time of year, make sure your pet has a quiet place to escape to when the crowds become overwhelming. Keep a room closed off where you can put your dog for some quiet time, or if your dog is comfortable in a crate, put the crate in a quiet spot. In addition, even when you have lots of guests, you need to keep your pet's routine as normal as possible. This will help keep your pet happy and safe during the holiday season.
Food can be another issue during the holiday season. Although you and your guests will be tempted to give your pet leftovers and treats, this should be kept to a minimum. You need to be aware of which foods may be hazardous for your pet. Many of the delicious foods we eat during the holiday season are simply not good for our dogs. If you want to make sure your pet gets to have as many tasty treats as we do during the holiday season, prepare some of your dog's favorite doggy treats in advance. Apples and carrots make great dog snacks. Learn what foods are poisonous to dogs.
Holiday decorations can also be a problem for dogs. Naturally curious, your pet may be interested in the holiday decorations at their eye level. Your pet may chew on these decorations and even eat them, which can be a major hazard. When you decorate your tree, make sure the ornaments are out of reach of the dog, especially tinsel, which can cause health problems for animals if they eat it. Also, make sure your pet doesn't drink the water from the Christmas tree, as it can also cause health problems. If you are very serious about making sure your pet doesn't get into the holiday decorations, put a fence around the Christmas tree so your dog can't get into any trouble.
The best holiday you can give your pet is one you spend with them. If you are planning on traveling, take your dog with you. Air travel isn't particularly comfortable for your pet, so if you can, drive to your destination. Along the way you and your dog will get to experience all sorts of new places. Driving will also help keep your normal routine as in-tact as possible, since you can control feeding times and keep your dog exercised while traveling. If your pet isn't a good traveler, try to make your holiday plans at home, so you can spend time with your dog. Spending the holidays in a kennel, even a nice kennel, is no fun for your pet as their holiday wish is to spend time with you.