The holidays are here! Whether you’re going to be busy juggling events and activities, or just relaxing at home, you’ll likely enjoy some of your own traditions. As it turns out, our canine companions also have a few traditions. Read on as a local Washington DC veterinarian lists a few of the cuter ones.
One thing we love about dogs is the way they always let us know there’s someone at the door. If your furry pal gets a bit too enthusiastic about his door doggy duties, start working on his petiquette. It’s worth noting that some pups get quite uneasy if there’s a lot of commotion. If Fido gets anxious easily, put him in a quiet back room with food, bedding, and toys, and let him sleep through the festivities.
Keep any decorations that could be dangerous in spots Fido can’t access. This includes things like tinsel, lights, candles, and small or sharp ornaments. Many holiday plants, such as holly, ivy, mistletoe, and poinsettias, are toxic to dogs. These should also be kept out of paws’ reach.
Those delicious seasonal treats are a big part of many holiday celebrations. Fido definitely deserves a few extra-yummy snacks! Just stick to things that are safe, like plain, cooked, boneless meat. Some dangerous foods include garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocado; chocolate; caffeine; xylitol; alcohol; meat on the bone; and raw dough or yeast. Ask your vet for more information.
We always love seeing people include their pets in their holiday gift-giving traditions. Toys and treats are classic doggy gifts. Fido may also enjoy something a bit more modern, like a mechanical ball launcher.
It may soon get too chilly for long walks or Frisbee sessions, but that doesn’t mean your canine buddy can’t still have fun. You can play games like Fetch indoors. Just avoid spots with a lot of breakables. Fido can also get a doggy workout in by doing stair runs. Some pooches also enjoy treadmills, though you’ll need to supervise your pup carefully. Ask your vet for more information.
Dogs just never stop making us smile with their cute faces and silly antics. Keep Fido’s cute tail wagging by paying lots of attention to him!
Happy Holidays! Please feel free to contact us, your Washington DC veterinary clinic, anytime!