The holidays are a time for love, giving, and gratitude. While gifts and surprises are a given (even for your pet), you’ll likely want to include them in your holiday festivities. In this guide, we’re going to provide tips for how to do so safely and with your pet’s wellbeing and happiness in mind.
Play & entertainment.
If you live in a colder climate and your dog loves the snow, find a safe place for him or her to romp around. This will allow them to explore, sniff and relish the outdoors. If your dog likes the snow but it’s too cold for them without some winter gear, invest in some warm dog clothes. Or, you can take your dog to view Christmas light displays.
For cats, you can allow them to engage in unwrapping gifts. Their naturally curious nature will likely mean they’ll want to investigate and unbox presents with the family.
Lights and trees are the staples of the season. However, with pets, there are some safety considerations to keep in mind. Avoid placing breakable ornaments too close to the bottom of the tree so they aren’t tempted to swat at them or play with them. Ensure there aren’t any lighting wires in plain view that your pet could trip on either.
Holiday pet attire.
There are few things cuter than a dog or cat dressed up in holiday attire. However, be sure they are comfortable with the outfit and can easily eat, drink, walk, and use the bathroom without hindrance. From dog jackets to festive pet dresses, there are plenty of options to choose from this time of year.
Keep them safe during holiday parties.
People coming and going is part of the holiday festivities. Even if your pets are comfortable around visitors, it’s still important to keep a close eye on them, says John Otero of PuroClean, especially at entrances. “Your pet may still get scared, and once an exit door is opened, he or she may break out and get lost.” Try practicing “doorbell etiquette” with your pets before the holiday crowds arrive, and give them toys or treats to reward good behavior, recommends Reader’s Digest.
There’s no shortage of ways to incorporate your furry friends into your holiday plans. With a little forethought and planning, you can ensure this holiday season is a stress-free one for both of you.