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Holidays With Fido

The holiday season has officially started! Your dog will be right there with you as you prepare for seasonal events, wagging his tail, tilting his head, and generally being adorable. Read on as a Somerville, MA vet offers some holiday dog care tips.

Food

If there’s one way to brighten up your furry buddy’s day, it’s by offering him a yummy treat. Fido can have some plain, cooked meat, fish, or poultry; sodium-free broth; shredded deli meat; or small amounts of bacon, sausage, cocktail wieners, or cheese. Never give your pooch garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; nuts; grapes, currants, or raisins; chocolate; alcohol; pitted fruits; avocados; meat on the bone; raw dough; or anything that contains xylitol.

Gifts

Don’t forget to get something for your furry best friend! Toys are always a great gift. Fido will also enjoy chew stick, homemade doggy treats, or perhaps a comfy new bed. If you want to go all-out, sign your pooch up for a monthly ‘pupscription’ box. If you have a puppy, consider enrolling him in puppygarten or doggy daycare.

Decorations

Keep your pet in mind as you are decorating. Things like ribbons, tinsels, garlands, and wreaths can choke or entangle playful dogs. Ornaments and ornament hooks are also dangerous, as are those pretty strands of lights. If you get a real tree, cover the water bowl: it isn’t safe for Fido to drink from. You’ll also need to be very careful with candles, potpourri burners, and fireplaces. Pets and flames are a very dangerous mix!

Weather

The temperatures start dropping steadily at this time of year. If your dog has thin fur, get him a comfy jacket to wear. (Tip: this may also make a great gift.) You’ll also want to give your pup’s furry feet some extra attention. Use paw balm or petroleum jelly to protect Fido’s paws from snow, salt, sand, and ice.

Stress

Dogs are very emotional, and, just like people, can be affected by stress or anxiety. If your pooch gets nervous easily, you may want to put him in his crate or a quiet back room when you have guests. When New Year’s Eve rolls around, keep your pooch indoors as much as you can, as the ruckus and fireworks may frighten him.

Happy Holidays from Cambridge Veterinary Care! Please contact us, your Somerville, MA vet clinic, anytime. We are always happy to help!

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