How to Give Your Dog a Happy Christmas

Most people love Christmas. It’s a time for us all to celebrate, enjoy seeing family and friends and have some downtime as well. However if you have a dog you should take care to ensure they have a good time too.

There are several potential hazards and issues that could crop up at this time of year that could cause your pet problems. Read on to find out more.

Be strict – no human treats

We hear of some humans offering their dogs a mini Christmas dinner to enjoy. Dogs should have a good-quality pet food all year round, and no treats from the table. You should also make sure all food, such as selection boxes, nut selections and anything else left out for nibbles is well out of the way of your canine friends. Remember, lots of foods are poisonous to dogs and other animals and some can be fatal. Items such as chocolate, christmas pudding, alcohol, raisins, grapes, mushrooms, garlic, onions etc should never be given to your dog.

Keep other potentially-dangerous items out of reach too

Christmas is full of things such as crackers, tinsel, tree decorations, christmas flowers and much else besides. Remember that items like these are not dog-friendly. Remember too that dogs like to chew anything they can get their teeth on at times! As such you should make sure you supervise them and make sure anything that could cause them harm is out of their reach.

Are you having a real tree?

Christmas trees nowadays are much better than they used to be with regard to dropping pine needles. If you grew up in the Seventies and Eighties you’ll remember trees that were bald before Christmas Day arrived! While today’s trees are non-drop for the most part, they will still drop pine needles. These can be dangerous for your dog to eat. Make sure you supervise them, clear up any dropped needles regularly and ideally put a dog-proof barrier round the tree too. Ideally, put your Christmas tree in a corner so it can be more easily kept out of the way of your pet.

Make sure your dog has a nice quiet space to retreat to at all times

Christmas is hectic for humans. Your dog may be incredibly sociable and lovable, but the chances are he will still want some alone-time every now and again. Make sure he has a crate or bed in a quiet room he can always go to. Cover the crate with a blanket to provide a den, or simply add his favourite blanket to his bed. Check on him if he disappears, just to make sure he is okay. If you have children in the house, make sure they understand your dog should be left alone if he goes off for a snooze.

As you can see, there is a lot to think about here. So as you make your preparations for the festive season, it might be worth bearing your dog’s needs in mind too. Make sure you have plenty of their food in for the season, and make sure you keep them in mind when you are decorating your home and getting ready to celebrate.

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