Holiday party guest lists are all about what family and friends are coming, but we often forget about a family member that will definitely be there, our dogs. While preparing for a Christmas gathering, or your home for the holiday season, it's important to think about how our dogs can be affected, both good and bad, by ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’
Dogs love a good bone, but giving your dog leftover bones from the preparations of your holiday meal can cause serious injury. Most of us also add sweets to the holiday meal lineup but be sure to keep chocolate and other toxic sweets in a place your dog can’t reach. If your dog does get into chocolate, splinters a bone, or gets into another toxic food item, you should call your vet immediately. Finally, we all love to look at gorgeous red Poinsettias and hang mistletoe but these plants can ruin your dogs ‘holly jolly Christmas' pretty quickly. Mistletoe and Poinsettias are very poisonous to dogs, so they too should be kept in places where they cannot be reached.
Planning to go away to visit family, but leave your furry friend in Celebration? Make sure to start booking your pet sitters and boarding arrangements now, as things fill up quickly. Some good tips to provide to a pet sitter are phone/address for your vet, any medications/allergies to consider, meal and potty routine, as well as any behavioral issues to be aware of.
As a reminder, we welcome all fully vaccinated and friendly dogs to the Celebration Unleashed dog park. A valid Resident ID is required along with registering your dog at Town Hall.