Our pets are like family to us so it only makes sense that we involve them in our holiday festivites. You don't want to overlook your pup during all of the holiday fun, including surprise visits from friends and family, holiday dinners, and other holiday traditions you celebrate in your home. You want to make sure that you provide your pet with attention and love during this time, and even include your pet, all while making sure he or she stays safe. If you're stressed about how you're going to make it safely through the holidays, don't worry. These simple tips will help you provide the best care and protection for your pet, while still enjoying the holidays.
1. Holiday treats are delicious but they can be dangerous
Just because it's safe for you doesn't mean it's also okay for your dog. Avoid feeding your dogs chocolates, raisins, macadamia and other sweet treats that can be toxic for them. Dogs cannot digest many of our foods, so it's best to avoid feeding them these holiday treats. You also want to take care to not feed them overly fattening foods like turkey, ham, or side dishes. Even though a small piece of turkey may be okay, overfeeding or the use of spices can lead to gastric upset, which causes bloating, pain, vomiting, loose bowels, or upset stomach.