Holidays With Dogs

Believe it or not, the holiday season is upon us. Your dog will be right there beside you as you prepare for seasonal events and festivities. Read on as a local Lafayette, LA vet discusses spending the holidays with Man’s Best Friend.

Petiquette

Fido is a cute, lovable, and playful pet, but he isn’t perfect. If your canine pal has some bad habits, like begging or bowling visitors over at the door, work with him to teach him better manners. If you are hosting a holiday meal, you may want to keep him in a separate area as you are eating. (Tip: take your furry buddy for a long walk before visitors arrive. Then, indulge your four-legged friend in a fun play session. Tired dogs are good dogs!)

Gifts

Toys are the classic doggy gift, and are a great way to get that tail wagging. Just be sure to choose things that are the right size for your furry best bud. Dogs can hurt themselves with toys that are too big or too small for them! Your canine friend might also appreciate a new bed and/or some yummy treats.

Food

Fido will definitely notice those delicious seasonal meals, and may very likely put on his most adorable ‘Feed me I’m so hungry’ face. Your furry pal definitely deserves a special holiday treat! Be careful here, though: many popular foods are toxic to dogs. Never give your four-legged buddy anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; nuts; pitted fruit; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; caffeine; or xylitol. Raw meat, dough, and yeast are also dangerous, as is meat on the bone. Only offer your pooch foods that are safe for him, like plain, cooked, boneless meat, fish, or poultry.

Hazards

Dogs are very curious. This would be fine, except that they tend to investigate things by, well, chewing on them. This can be very dangerous! Many seasonal plants, such as poinsettias, holly, ivy, and mistletoe, are dangerous to Fido. Ribbons, tinsel, ornaments, and ornament hooks are also unsafe. If you get a real tree, cover the water bowl, as the water could contain trace amounts of toxic chemicals, such as pesticide, fire retardant, and fertilizer.

All of us here at Village Veterinary Center, your local Lafayette, LA vet clinic, want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday season. Please reach out to us anytime!

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