Holiday Tips for Dog Owners

There are many things to love about dogs. Our canine pals are not only super cute, they are also loyal, smart, loving, and full of fun. Of course, Fido’s curious and playful traits can get him into trouble, especially around the holidays. Read on as a Colorado Springs, CO vet lists some great holiday tips for dog owners.

Food

If Fido could make a list of his favorite things, we’re pretty sure that food would be at or near the top, along with belly rubs, car rides, toys, and, of course, his human buddies. There’s nothing wrong with offering your canine companion a delicious treat, but you do need to be sure to only offer your pup safe, suitable treats. Cooked, plain meat, fish, or poultry, without the skin, fat, or bones, is one good option. Some things to avoid include chocolate; nuts; garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; alcohol; pitted fruits; grapes, currants, and raisins; and anything that contains xylitol. Ask your vet for more information.

Guests

Are you hosting guests for the holidays? Before they arrive, give Fido a good bath, and brush him regularly. You’ll also want to de-fur your home by dusting and vacuuming thoroughly and changing your air filters. We also recommend washing your dog’s bedding, as well as your slipcovers and guest linens. If your canine companion has bad habits, like jumping on people or begging, keep him in a quiet back room with food, bedding, and toys, when people are coming or going and during meals. Ask your vet for more recommendations.

Presents

Not sure what to get Fido this year? Toys, new doggy beds, and treats are all great options. If your pup has thin fur, you can also get him a doggy sweater. (Tip: make sure your pet’s clothes fit well, don’t bother him, and are not tight, itchy, or constricting.) If you have a yard, your pooch may love to have a little doghouse of his own. Homemade doggy snacks are also a good choice.

Hazards

The holidays can be very dangerous for Fido. Some common seasonal hazards include candles and potpourri burners; tinsel; ornaments and ornament hooks; ribbons; the water bowls for Christmas trees; and decorations with wires, small parts, or sharp edges. Ask your vet for safety tips.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Colorado Springs, CO vet clinic, anytime! We’re here to help!