The holiday season is a time for family, celebration, and good cheer—and why shouldn’t your pup be included? Many families consider their pets to be furry siblings or children. Yes, your pets can be part of family events! Here are some tips on fun activities and how to keep your pup safe while enjoying the holidays.
What kind of holiday traditions does your family celebrate? Do you travel to see relatives? Take pictures with Santa? Your canine doesn’t have to miss out on all the fun! Book a pet-friendly hotel and enjoy seeing the sights with your dog. If your pooch doesn’t mind a crowd, find a pet store or mall that offers pups a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and get their picture taken.
If you have a dog who loves car rides, take the whole family out for a spin to tour holiday lights. Many neighborhoods have houses that go all out for the season with flashing lights, full yard tableaus, and festive music. Turn up the radio, bundle up with blankets, and enjoy the lights together!
At home, celebrate while keeping tempting items out of Spot’s reach. If you have a curious pup, use caution while decorating! Natural tree-decorators should note that a good tree skirt is a must to keep your pet from drinking stagnant, dirty water. Holly and mistletoe are both hard on canine stomachs, so make sure any kissing décor is firmly in place, out of reach. Small toys, tinsel, and too much wrapping paper can also disrupt the festivities. With a little extra care, your pet can enjoy opening presents with you.
A big part of celebrating is eating! Huge holiday feasts, mountains of cookies—all kinds of tasty treats appear at every gathering. Do you feel like your pup is left out? You can give your furry family members yummy tidbits while keeping them safe from harmful foods. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own doggie treats ! Chocolate and raisins are both toxic to dogs, and fatty food scraps should be kept to a minimum for your dog’s health—even though we humans don’t always follow the same advice!
Happy holidays to you and your family, both two- and four-legged members! We hope you enjoy this season of happiness and joy together!