For Christmas, your friends and family may be visiting you in town, or you may be travelling to see them. In either case, it’s crucial to remember that celebrating Christmas with dogs requires extra thought to make the holiday enjoyable and secure.
Christmas with Your Dogs
Of course, safety is always the top concern. Because everyone is so busy around the holidays, it’s simple for your dog’s care to fall between the gaps. For instance, it’s simple for your dog to make a swift getaway, given how frequently people enter and exit your home.
For you and your furry best friend, Christmas can be one of the most delightful times of the year. However, a few things could prevent this from happening.
So We created a list of dos and don’ts for the holiday season to ensure it’s joyful and healthy.
Do’s For Your Furry Friend:
- Place your tree in a secure location; ideally, it should be in the corner of the room, out of your pets’ line of sight and away from their interest.
- Whether they are real or fake, pick up any pine needles that may have accumulated at the base of your tree. They can shatter your pet’s paws if stomped on, and if eaten, they can harm your pet’s internal organs and make them sick. So get your brushes and dustpans ready!
- Clear away any wrapping paper, boxes, or packaging leftover from gift giving. These kinds of items can cause your dog or cat to choke. If they start playing with it and tearing it apart, they can also create quite a mess!
- Allowing your pet outside or taking them for a walk will give them exercise and fresh air. However, try to limit how long you spend outside because your pets will also feel the cold, and the icy, abrasive ground may injure their paws.
- Get your dog a holiday present, like a toy. This will involve them in the celebrations and keep them occupied and amused. Therefore, avoid having pets under your feet as you prepare the Christmas.
Don’ts For Your Furry Friend:
On your Christmas tree, hang too low ornaments, such as tinsel and baubles. These are simple for your dogs to access, and if they eat them, they could suffer inside harm in addition to damaging the tree.
Leave electrical items, such as wires or lights, in locations that are simple to access. These will probably tempt your pet to chew on them or to pull at them, and we all know what could happen then!
Feed anything unsuitable to your pets, including your dog. Due to the diverse ways that human food is prepared and handled, things like dinner scraps can have an impact on a dog’s health. Additionally, foods like chocolate and other fruits, including grapes, are particularly harmful to dogs.
Put Christmas plants everywhere so that your pet can access them. Mistletoe, holly, poinsettias, and pine are just a few poisonous plants to cats and dogs. Place them high and out of reach if you’re using them as decorations.
Keep your pet’s stress levels low, especially if you have visitors. Make a secure area for your pet to retreat to if the celebrations become too intense.
Hopefully, this helpful tip will go a long way toward ensuring that you and your animal friends have a pet-friendly Merry Christmas! The most important thing is having fun and not worrying too much about Christmas!