Has a puppy just joined your household? If so, you are definitely in for an extra special—and extra adorable—holiday season. There are few things cuter than baby dogs! However, you will need to keep a close eye on little Fido. A Coral Springs, FL veterinarian discusses spending the holidays with puppies in this article.
Hanging those seasonal decorations can really help you get into that holiday spirit. Just keep little Fido in mind. Many popular decorations are dangerous to our furry friends. Some of these include tinsel, pine needles, lights, fragile ornaments, ribbons, ornament hooks, candles, and anything small or sharp. Keep these out of reach of those cute paws! We also recommend using covers or taste deterrents on cords. If you get a real tree, cover the water bowl. The water may contain traces of chemicals, such as pesticides or fertilizers. Better yet, put a puppy gate around the tree. This will also keep your canine buddy from chewing on presents.
We all know that December can get hectic but try to keep your fuzzy friend on a steady routine as much as possible. Little Fido is basically a furry toddler at this stage, and he can get very playful and excited. Taking time every day for walking, training, and playing can make a huge difference.
Socialization is critical to our canine friends. You want little Fido to grow into a friendly, well-behaved adult. Exposing him to new places, faces, sounds, and experiences is a big part of that. Taking your pooch for walks in spots with a lot of decorations can help. This is also a good way to introduce your friends and family to your new arrival. Have people pet and play with him. Just make sure he doesn’t get overwhelmed!
Those delicious feasts are a big part of many celebrations. Don’t indulge little Fido if he tries to beg: that’s just teaching him bad petiquette. Also, take care not to let your canine pal have anything unsafe. That list includes garlic, onions, and scallions; grapes and raisins; avocado; meat on the bone; chocolate; and alcohol. Ask your vet for more information.
Don’t forget to snap some adorable photos of little Fido. These can make great holiday cards!
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Heron Lakes Animal Hospital, your Coral Springs, FL animal clinic. Contact us anytime!