My dog seems to get more stressed out during the winter holidays -- perhaps because of all the changes to its usual routine. How can I protect it from harm and ensure that it enjoys this special time of year too?
From the Editors of The Dog Daily
From edible Christmas decorations to overcrowded rooms, many problems can occur during the holiday season that may put your dog’s safety and happiness at risk.
To avoid these problems and worse, it’s best to maintain your dog’s usual routine over the winter holidays while you still enjoy the different foods, extra socializing and more. Jenna Stregowski, a registered veterinary technician and an About.com guide, suggests you avoid feeding your dog potentially harmful table scraps. That includes anything with onions, grapes, raisins, chocolate and bones. Be sure to keep alcoholic beverages and sweets out of your dog’s reach too. It’s best to stick to your dog’s regular diet.
Holidays aren’t just stressful for people: During this time of year, shelters often take in dogs that have run away from their homes because of anxiety and opportunity. While owners are preoccupied with guests, uneasy dogs can run past unattended doors. Stregowski suggests that dogs -- especially skittish types -- be kept in a crate or a quiet room during more boisterous celebrations.