It’s that time of year again. The weather’s cooling down, the leaves are falling, and your dog is probably sitting on your lap right now, making you scootch over so she can be closer to the fire.
It’s also the holiday season. And that means it’s time to start thinking about how to keep your dog safe during the holidays!
It is possible for dogs to get hurt or sick during the holidays. If you’re planning on having a big holiday dinner, there are some things you can do to make sure your dog stays safe while you give thanks and eat turkey together with family and friends.
So what are the holiday pet safety tips? Here are some ideas:
Make sure they’re microchipped!
A great way to make sure your dog gets home safely this holiday season is by microchipping them.
A microchip is a tiny electronic device that can be implanted into your pet’s skin and provides them with a unique identifier number. The number is used to track your pet if they’re ever lost or stolen, so if you find someone who has picked up your beloved pup in the park and they won’t give her back, you can call the number and get her back! Microchips are also useful for those times when your pet escapes from their leash, wanders away from home, or gets lost in the woods.
So if you’re going camping this year but don’t want to lose track of your fur baby again, consider getting them microchipped this Thanksgiving!
Keep an eye on their food intake during the holiday festivities!
The holiday season is upon us, and that means it’s time for family, friends, and feasting. But for some of us, the food comes with a side of guilt—and maybe even some extra pounds. If you’re worried about your dog gaining weight this season—or just want to make sure they’re getting enough nutrition—there are a few things you can do to keep an eye on their food intake during the holidays.
First, go with them when you shop for groceries. This will help you track how much they eat throughout the day. It’s also a good idea to talk with your vet about whether or not your dog needs any extra vitamins or nutrients during this time of year. For example, if your dog is usually on an indoor diet in the winter months but suddenly gets more time outside this winter due to holiday festivities (like going on walks) then they may need more vitamin D or an increase in calories from fat sources such as avocado or fish.
So while you’re enjoying your holiday feast, keep an eye on your dog’s food intake and make sure they don’t gorge themselves on too many treats during commercial breaks—especially if they has digestive problems or sensitivities to certain foods.
Make sure there are no toxic plants in the house.
You’ve spent so much time and money on making your home a safe, comfortable place for your pets. You’ve got them their own bed, food bowl, and toys—and now you’re ready to treat them to an amazing holiday feast!
But wait! Before you start cooking up those delicious dishes and sweets, you should make sure that the plants in your home are safe for them. The last thing you want is for one of your beloved pets to accidentally eat something toxic and get sick or worse.
So take a walk through all the rooms in your house (including the garage) and check out any plants that might be suspiciously looking like they have leaves or berries on them. If they do, toss ’em. And while you’re at it, check out any decorations around the house—those decorative pumpkins could have seeds inside that could be toxic to pets if they swallow them whole (which is easy enough for dogs or cats to do).
Once those plants are out of the picture, and all other decorations are safely put away (or just not used), you can start enjoying yourself this holiday season without having to worry about hurting your furry friends!
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