Has a new puppy just joined your household? Congratulations! You’re definitely in for some adorable moments this month. Just keep a close eye on the little guy: puppies can get into all sorts of mischief at this time of year! A local vet offers some insight about keeping little Fido safe and sound over the holidays in this article from Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic.
You’ll need to be diligent about keeping anything unsafe away from those cute little paws. Fido is pretty much an adorable chewing machine, and he’s not shy about taste testing anything and everything within reach. That’s important for you to remember as you’re decorating. Keep anything small or sharp, such as ornaments, ornament hooks, manger pieces, and small figurines, in spots your pet can’t reach. Anything ropy or stringy, such as tinsel, garland, and lights, is also unsafe, as are many seasonal plants, like holly, ivy, mistletoe, and poinsettia. Ask your vet for holiday puppyproofing tips.
Soilization is crucial for young animals. The holidays can be both a blessing and a curse as far as this goes. If you’re hosting any festivities, have people pet and play with the little guy. Just make sure that your puppy isn’t getting overwhelmed. Watch for signs of uneasiness. These include things like licking the lips, showing the whites of the eyes, and tucking the tail.
Puppies tend to feel most secure when kept on steady schedules. We know the holidays can be pretty crazy, but try to avoid disrupting your canine buddy’s routine. It’s important to keep up with your furry friend’s petucation and potty training!
Little Fido will be angling for extra treats. You can certainly give your furry friend something yummy. Just be cautious not to give him anything unsafe. That list includes things like garlic and onions; grapes and raisins; chocolate; caffeine; meat on the bone; pitted fruit; alcohol; raw dough; nuts; and avocado. Ask your vet for more information.
Puppies are always adorable, but they somehow manage to be even cuter than usual around the holidays. Snap plenty of photos little Fido. That adorable toddler stage won’t last long!
Don’t forget to get something for little Fido. Toys make great gifts, but you can also get your little buddy a new bed, some chews, dental or grooming products, or travel accessories. Subscription boxes are also a fun choice.
Happy holidays from Armitage Animal Clinic, your Newmarket, ON animal clinic. Call us anytime!