The Christmas holidays are a very exciting time, especially with young children around; but it is all too easy to take your eye off what your dog is up to this time of year.
So if you are a dog owner and you would rather spend your time with family and friends, and not at your veterinary emergency clinic, then here is our guide to keeping your pooch safe this Christmas.
We humans just love to overindulge in stacks of rich, fatty foods at this time of year but these same foods can seriously upset your dog’s stomach and can even be toxic. Just because it’s good for us doesn’t mean it’s good for your dog so here are a few dos and don’ts when it comes to grub!
The trick is to be sensible and if you don’t know if it’s good for your dog or not then don’t give it. And remember, everything in moderation!
If you think you dog has ingested something it shouldn’t and is showing signs that all is not well, consult your vet immediately.
Dogs are highly curious by nature so all those additions to your decor are going to be high on the list of things to check out when you’re not looking.
All the parties and family ‘get togethers’ mean lots of commotion which might mean fun for you but not for your dog.
The noise and large numbers of people can be stressful and disorientating for them, especially if they are highly strung or of a nervous disposition.
They are best off in a crate or quiet room right out of the way throughout the frivolities and can come out again when it’s all over.
The worst that can happen then is they get a bit bored and have to do a bit of extra sleeping; or even better make sure they have a really good walk before the fun starts and then they will be too tired to care.
So many dogs get loose and run off at this time off year, usually as a result of someone not shutting a door, and some never find their way home again or are killed on the roads.
So whatever you have planned this year, please keep an eye on your faithful friend over the holiday season and keep them safe.
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