The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness, and for many of us, that includes our pets. As you prepare to celebrate and indulge in festive traditions, it's essential to keep your canine companions in mind. Christmas can bring about a variety of new sights, smells, and potential hazards for your dogs. To ensure a happy and safe holiday season for both you and your four-legged friends, here are some top tips for dog owners this Christmas.
Mindful Meals & Treats
Christmas feasts are often the highlight of the season, but some traditional foods can be harmful to dogs. Keep human treats, especially those containing chocolate, grapes, raisins, onions, and alcohol, out of reach. It’s always best to keep our pet’s meal consistent even during these festive seasons, too many treats or changes in food can cause digestive upset for your pup, and there is nothing jolly about that! For a safe and healthy treat option this Christmas try our 100% natural and single ingredient treat range.
Vets are closed over Christmas & New Years so making sure you have the tools you need to help your pet in times of stress is so important! We recommend stocking up on things to help your pet if they aren’t their usual self. Things like our Hot Spot Gel is essential. It can reduce inflammation, Hot Spots and rashes to help manage symptoms until you can get in to see your vet. We also recommend having our Prebiotic & Probiotics on hand, in the case of your dog having an upset stomach a good dose of this can do wonders to get them back on track. Having things like bandages, dog wipes and pumpkin on hand is also helpful too!
If your dog has an issue that can’t be managed at home, familiarise yourself with the location of the nearest emergency veterinary clinic and keep the contact information easily accessible. In case of accidental ingestion or any other health concerns, quick access to professional help is crucial.
Create A Safe Space
With the hustle and bustle of holiday gatherings, your dog might feel overwhelmed. Set up a quiet, comfortable space where your pet can retreat if the celebrations become too much for them. This designated area can provide a sense of security and help reduce stress. If you have an anxious pet you can further support their nervous system by adding our Stress + Anxiety supplement into their food for extra support and help them relax and enjoy Christmas this year.
Stick to Routine
Amidst the holiday chaos, try to maintain your dog's regular routine as much as possible. Stick to their usual feeding, walking, and playtime schedule to provide stability and comfort during this festive season.
Trimming the tree and adorning your home with festive decorations is a cherished tradition, but it's crucial to choose pet-safe options. Avoid using tinsel, as it can be a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockages if ingested. Opt for shatterproof ornaments to prevent injuries in case your dog decides to investigate the tree a little too closely.
By incorporating these top tips for dog owners, you can create a festive and safe environment for your canine companions this Christmas. With a little extra care and consideration, you and your furry friends can enjoy the holiday season together, creating lasting memories and strengthening the bond you share. Here's to a joyful and pet-friendly holiday season!