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Give Your Dog A Stress-Free Holiday

Happy Holidays! This can be a stressful time of year for Fido. Guests, traveling, being boarded can all make pups uneasy. Your canine buddy could also be unnerved by changes in his household, like the giant inflatable snowman in the yard, or by changes in his routine. In this article, a local Jacksonville, FL vet offers tips on keeping dogs happy, healthy, and comfortable over the holidays.

Routine

Many dogs do best on a set schedule. Try to keep Fido on a normal routine as much as possible. Also, just pay some extra attention to your furry pal, so he feels loved and safe. The holidays are a great chance to spend some quality time with your pet!

Playtime

Make sure that your canine companion is getting enough exercise and playtime. This will give Fido a way to release any pent-up frustration he’s feeling, and allow him to burn off any excess energy he has. Play with your dog every day.

Noise

Loud noises can be very scary to our furry pals. This is often an issue on New Year’s Eve, because of fireworks. If Fido is scared of fireworks, limit his outdoor time as the new year approaches. Then, on New Year’s Eve, put him in his crate or a quiet back room with comfy bedding, toys, and treats. Turn a radio on to mask the noise. If your pooch is extremely nervous, ask your vet about using doggy-calming products.

Hazards

Never underestimate Fido’s mischievous streak! Tinsel, ribbons, garlands, ornament hooks, electric lights, tree needles, fragile ornaments, and anything small or sharp are all hazardous to playful pups. Toxic plants are also an issue. Many holiday favorite, such as poinsettias, holly, ivy, and mistletoe, are toxic to dogs. Ask your vet for more information.

Tail Wags

Another way to give your pooch a great holiday? Spoil him a bit! Fill Fido’s stockings with toys, chews, and treats, and give him something new every day. Treats will also keep that tail wagging. Store-bought doggy snacks are fine, but you can also make homemade ones. (Tip: to make your pet his own version of eggnog, combine sodium-free broth with plain yogurt and an egg. You can also add organic baby food. Top with a dog biscuit.)

Please contact us, your Jacksonville, FL vet clinic, for all your dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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