There is no doubt that dogs are a member of the family, so we always like to make them part of all the important moments, including Christmas parties. In fact, if our pets could talk, we’re sure they would ask for a wish from the Three Wise Men to spend more time with you.
They’re always delighted to have good company and they share their joy every time we come home, no matter how long we’ve been away, half an hour or a week. Their love for us is pure and unconditional.
5 tips for the safety of your dog
With the arrival of Christmas, everything in our environment becomes hyperbolic: people, lights, shopping, food… Everything is exaggerated and, in some cases, it can become a problem for your pet. Therefore, we want to share some tips to enjoy with our dogs on Christmas and to avoid mishaps.
1. Create quiet spaces
If there’s a lot of noise at home, it is best to find a place where your pet can be calm and feel safe. And the same when you go out for a walk in the city . Ideally, you should avoid places with very loud music or sounds that can stress your dog.
2. Control excess food
Many times we get carried away by the holidays and overeat, which can end up affecting our dogs as well. Be careful with foods that may end up falling under the table, as some may end up causing food poisonings, such as onions, some fruits, chocolate, shellfish, garlic, dairy products, and alcoholic beverages. In addition, it is important that you tell the guests as well so that they do not feed your dog without your permission.
3. Christmas plants up
The quintessential plant for Christmas parties is the Easter Flower. The problem is that its sap is toxic for dogs, and can cause very serious damage to the mouth and esophagus, as well as cause vomiting, diarrhea, and dizziness. Therefore, if you plan to buy one, put it away. And the same with mistletoe and holly.
4. Be careful with Christmas decorations
Candles, garlands, figurines, balls, trees, and other Christmas decorations are very beautiful, but they can also be highly toxic and dangerous for our pets. It must be borne in mind that, no matter how good our dog is, this type of bright and colorful element attracts their attention, so they will think they are toys and will not hesitate to go after them. Hence, it is important that you do not leave them within their reach and if you leave home, turn off the lights and remove the plugs to avoid accidents.
5. Christmas costume in your size
There are many people who like to dress up dogs at Christmas. And, in principle, there is no problem with it. Of course, try to find your dog a specific costume that suits their physiognomy and size so that he/she does not feel uncomfortable or strange. It might even get angry or eat it.
And if you go on vacation? What do I do with my dog at Christmas?
What to do with dogs at Christmas if we go on vacation? It is the question that many pet owners ask themselves. And it is that at Christmas it is common to go on a trip to see the family or even spend these holidays in another country simply because we feel like it. If you don’t have someone to leave your pet with, it is best to look for a dog sitter in your city, be it London, Manchester, Dublin, Galway, etc. At Gudog we have numerous dog sitters who offer this type of service.
It is true that there are kennels, but in these types of places the dogs are usually in cages, locked behind bars, and only go outside for a few hours a day. Surely you do not want to spend these dates so alone and so sad. On the other hand, a sitter will give him all the love and care he needs, so that your dog enjoys a Christmas as he deserves even if you are far away.
In addition, many sitters offer the possibility of making a video call, so if you are going to be away for several days, you can agree with the sitter on certain days to see him and that he can also see you and hear your voice. Of course, if you already know exactly the dates on which you are going to have to leave it, try to book the service in advance, since these are dates that are highly requested by pet owners. In this way, you will make sure that your dog stays in the best hands and enjoys a Christmas full of love and affection.