Make your dog their own Christmas Dinner
There are some safe festive foods that you can feed your dog, so it is a nice treat to make them their own mini-Christmas meal. You could include foods like cauliflower, potato, lean turkey, peas, carrots, and broccoli.
Keep An Eye On Your Food
With a house full of visitors and plates of food everywhere it is really important to make sure treats and leftovers are not left within easy reach of your pooch because a lot of the festive food is toxic and extremely dangerous to them.
Be mindful to keep chocolates, alcohol, mince pies, Christmas cake, and nuts out of harm’s way.
The Christmas Tree
It is a good idea to dog-proof your Christmas tree to prevent any choking on ornaments or poisons being accidentally ingested. Glass baubles, plastic, and salt dough are toxic and could cause tears and blockages to their intestines.
Presents Under The Tree
Although it is a long-held tradition to arrange presents under the tree, whether there is potential food in the packages or just out of curiosity, your four-legged friend could be tempted to chew through the wrapping, so to keep them safe and keep presents tucked away until the big day.
Enrichment toys can be a really welcomed gift for your dog and keep them entertained over the festive holidays. Lick mats and a selection of chew toys can provide them with mental and physical stimulation when the nights grow colder and it's not always possible to go for long walks.
Vetting Your Visitors
If you are planning on having guests over the Christmas period, consider what you can do to ensure your dog has a safe, quiet space to retreat to should it all become too much. Pre-arrange some ground rules, especially if there are young children visiting such as not approaching your pet when they are eating or sleeping.