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Holidays With Fido

The holidays are coming up quick! Your canine pal will be right there at your side as you prepare for seasonal activities. However, this time of year can be both stressful and dangerous for Man’s Best Friend! Here, a Green Bay, WI vet offers some holiday dog care tips.

Presents

Don’t forget to pick up a few things for Fido’s stockings! If your pooch could write to Santa Claws, he’d probably put toys and treats at the top of his list. Your furry pal may also enjoy a new bed, a warm jacket, supplements, new dishes, or doggy grooming supplies.

Guests

Are you having company over the next few weeks? Give Fido a good bath, and clip his claws, so he puts his best paw forward. If your dog has a lot of energy, tire him out before visitors arrive. After a vigorous walk or play session, your pup will probably be calmer, and more interested in napping than in making mischief.

Stress

Changes to routines or environments can cause our canine companions to feel anxious and uneasy. Visitors, traveling, being boarded, and loud noises can also upset Fido. Take time to walk and play with your furry best friend, and pay lots of attention to him.

Food

Fido definitely deserves a special treat! Just stick to safe options. Never give your furry buddy anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; alcohol; caffeine; chocolate; nuts; mushrooms; avocados; or xylitol. Other dangerous foods include grapes, currants, and raisins; pitted fruits; meat on the bone; raw dough or yeast; and anything high in fat, salt, or sugar. This is a special concern for those hosting dinners. Not everyone knows what is and isn’t safe for dogs. Ask guests not to feed your pooch.

Decorations

Keep Fido in mind as you are decorating. Plants are one concern. Many popular holiday plants, such as mistletoe, holly, ivy, yew, and poinsettias, are toxic to pets. Dogs can also choke on or ingest things like ribbons, pine needles, ornament hooks, tinsel, or electric lights. If you get a real tree, cover the water, as it can contain dangerous residue from chemicals and fertilizers.

Weather

It can get cold pretty quickly at this time of year! If Fido has thin fur, get him a comfy jacket to wear during his walks.

Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your Green Bay, WI vet clinic, anytime!

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