The holidays have arrived! Although this year’s festivities may be a bit subdued this year, people will still enjoy annual celebrations, events, and meals. As it turns out, our canine companions also have their own traditions. A local Pasadena, MD vet lists a few of the cutest ones below.
Dogs are very protective of their domains. Fido also acts like a furry, four-legged doorbell, and will typically bark to announce that there’s someone at the door. (If your canine friend is a bit too excitable, start working on teaching him better manners.)
We always love seeing pictures of our canine patients around the holidays. Snap a few seasonal pics of Fido in front of your tree. You can also try putting a little Santa hat or reindeer antlers on your furry pal. Just be safe about it, and make sure your pup doesn’t eat his props.
We can’t really condone begging: after all, it is bad manners. However, we do have to admit that Fido can be pretty adorable when he puts on that sweet, soulful stare that has been so effective at getting us to share tasty morsels with him. It’s fine to give your canine companion a treat, but don’t go overboard. Give your pooch his snacks at a specific time … one that you choose. Also, stick to safe, healthy options. A bit of sausage or bacon is okay once in a while, but you don’t want to give your cute pet too many of these fattening snacks.
Many of our canine patients will be thrilled to find themselves with new toys over the next few weeks. Toys make great gifts for dogs! When choosing Fido’s playthings, look for things that suit his size, age, and personality. Different kinds of toys serve different purposes for pups. Some, such as plushies, are comfort items to our furry friends, much like a teddy bear or favorite blanket would be to a small child. Others, such as puzzle toys, keep Man’s Best Friend occupied, and provide him with beneficial mental stimulation. Then there are toys that are just plain fun. Give your pooch a variety, and remember to play with him daily.
Please reach out to us, your local Pasadena, MD veterinary clinic, for all of your pet’s veterinary care needs. We are always here to help!