We think of our pets as a part of the family so when the Holidays come around it’s great to be able to include them in the fun. Keep in mind that during this busy time there are things we should share with our furry friends and things that are better off left to their humans. Here are a few ideas to keep them safe and enjoy their company in the hustle and bustle of the season.
It’s the time of year for parties which means lots of food and drinks and people. There are foods that are perfectly fine for humans but can be very dangerous for your pets. To avoid any unwanted trips to the vet stay away from rich foods which can cause pancreatitis or other illnesses. If you are going to give them some turkey, make sure you take off the skin and don’t give them any gravy or mashed potatoes. Also, never give them sweets, chocolate or caffeine. If you keep extra dog treats around for the Holidays they will be just as happy with those and you won’t have to worry about them getting sick.
There are also decorations and plants that can be harmful to your pets this time of year. You may already know that poinsettias are poisoness to pets but so are azaleas, philodendrun and cranberries. They can also get sick from drinking Christmas tree water, especially if you treat the water to preserve the tree. You can try spraying the area with a citrus scent to keep them out of harms way. Ornaments and lights can also be tempting toys for your pet so it’s best to try to keep them out of reach if possible. Also, If you wrap candy or chocolate as gifts do not put them under the tree or leave any baked goods on counter tops where they may be too tempting.
There are some great ways to include your pets in the Holiday fun that are easy and inexpensive. You can take them on nice walks to enjoy the festive lights and decorations in your neighborhood. You can have fun dressing them in holiday sweaters and collars or get their picture with Santa! You may even want to give them their own stocking with some special dog treats or toys so they have something to keep them busy while you are eating and opening presents.
This is the perfect time to get them spruced up at the groomers so you can show them off to friends and family when they come to visit. You can even have the groomers dye their fur to look more festive for the season!
How ever you choose to celebrate the season don’t forget to include your pets and do what you can to keep them safe and healthy. After all, they are a part of the family and absolutely love any and all attention no matter what time of year. Enjoy the holidays and stay safe!