Happy Holidays! It’s probably safe to say that a lot of our canine patients will be getting pampered with toys, treats, and belly rubs over the next few weeks. However, while those things will please any dog, not all aspects of Fido’s care are universal. In fact, your pet’s size has a lot to do with it! Here, a Pasadena, MD veterinarian discusses spending the holidays with a pint-sized pooch.
Little dogs often get underfoot, which puts them at risk of getting stepped on. Keep an eye on your canine buddy! You don’t want Fido getting his tail caught under a recliner, or tripping your elderly aunt as she’s getting her casserole out of the oven.
Fido definitely deserves some special gifts. Choose things made just for small dogs. Beds are always a good bet. Your furry friend will likely also appreciate some toys and treats. If your pup has thin fur, he may also appreciate a comfy sweater or jacket.
Are you traveling for the holidays? If you take Fido with you, crate him for travel. If you’re driving, stop and let him stretch his legs regularly. If you’re flying, try to pick a direct flight, one that will let your canine pal travel in the cabin with you.
Little pups are just as playful, curious, and mischievous as big ones. Keep this in mind when you decorate. Put anything that could be dangerous in spots Fido can’t get to. The list of potential hazards includes anything small or sharp, such as ornaments, ornament hooks, and pine needles; items with ropes or cords, like lights and tinsel; candles; and plastic bags or ties. Plants can be a concern as well. Many seasonal favorites, such as poinsettia, ivy, holly, and mistletoe, are poisonous to dogs.
Food is always a concern around the holidays. There’s always a chance that Fido could ingest something that isn’t safe for him. This is a big enough worry with large dogs, but it’s even more dangerous with little ones, as they can react to even tiny amounts of food. Don’t give your furry pal anything that contains garlic, onions, scallions, or chives; avocados; chocolate; grapes or raisins; meat on the bone; raw dough; alcohol; caffeine; or xylitol.
Happy holidays from everyone here at Glen Burnie Animal Hospital, your Pasadena, MD animal clinic. Please contact us anytime.