The Ultimate Guide to Christmas for Dogs
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Christmas isn't just a magical season for us humans, our canine companions also love the festive cheer. The wagging tails and warm snuggles that welcome us home daily serve as reminders that our dogs are indeed part of the family. Now, how can we ensure our furry friends enjoy the yuletide period just as much as we do? Should they indulge in our traditional Christmas feast?
Grab a seat, as we guide you on making Christmas both fun and safe for your dogs!
Resisting those puppy eyes can be tough when it comes to table scraps, but aim to serve safe Christmas foods in their regular dog bowl, treating them as a special reward. To avoid your dog accidentally ingesting harmful food, here are some safe food choices:
Turkey: A few bites of this holiday favourite are thoroughly enjoyed by dogs. Turkey provides a good protein source, but ensure it's fully cooked, without seasoning, skin, or bones, which can harm your dog.
Potatoes: Boiled or mashed sweet potato is a good option for your dog. Ensure it's plain, without salt or butter. Avoid spices like garlic and onion that can make them ill. Sweet potato, rich in beta carotene, fibre and vitamins, is also a fantastic festive treat.
Other vegetables: Sprouts, swedes, parsnips, green beans, and carrots (raw or cooked) are usually well-liked by dogs. Remember, no seasoning, butter or sauces, and always in moderation!
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A dog’s nose has quite the knack for sniffing out delectable food, especially during Christmas. To keep your dog safe, here are a few foods to avoid:
Bones: While it seems only natural to give your dog a turkey bone, this could be potentially dangerous as turkey bones can splinter and pose a choking hazard.
Chocolate: An ever-present holiday treat, chocolate contains theobromine, which can be deadly to dogs, even in small amounts.
Gravy: Delightful on a Christmas roast, gravy can be harmful to dogs due to its high salt and fat content.
If your dog does ingest any unsafe foods, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Christmas is a great time to create magical memories with your dog. Use this time to extend regular walks or explore new trails or parks. If it's too cold for outdoor activities, bring the fun indoors! Stock up on their favourite enrichment activities or toys for hours of play while staying warm and cosy.
Christmas often means having guests over. While many dogs love new people, some can get anxious with too much activity. Here are a few tips to ensure your dog stays happy during the festivities:
Extra exercise: Tiring out your dog before guests arrive can help keep them calm and don't forget about that frosty Christmas Day walk that can help your dog burn off some energy.
A designated doggie den: Create a quiet and secure space for your dog to retreat to when needed.
Layers on layers: If your dog is used to guests and enjoys cuddling with them, laying blankets on your furniture can protect both your guests and furniture.
Remember to be thankful for the loyal companionship of your dog this Christmas. At Buddy & Lola we believe in showing love to dogs in many ways. We have a range of supplements to help your dog enjoy the holiday season just as much as you do! Because, after all, the magic of the festivities extends to our dogs as well.