Surely your pet is one of the family and that’s why you want him to enjoy the holidays as much as everyone else. But, sometimes, the festivities can affect and threaten the health of your pet. That is why, from Las Almenas we want to share with you a series of tips to help you enjoy Christmas with dogs and without danger.
Christmas menu for dogs
During these holidays, digestive problems in people are very common because we forget to follow a healthy diet and commit certain excesses. The same happens with our pets.
Did you know that Christmas is the time of the year with more veterinary emergencies of intoxicated dogs? This happens because many people cannot resist giving certain foods, sweets and even chocolate that can be really dangerous for dogs.
If you have any doubts about this, we recommend you to read our article 10 forbidden foods for dogs that you should avoid, as well as Healthy fruits and vegetables for your dog.
Therefore, before you give in to the temptation of stuffing your dog with treats or giving him unwanted food under the table, it is better that you think twice beforehand and understand that his health depends on your criteria.
On the Internet you can find many ideas of menus to celebrate Christmas with dogs, here is an example to delight your dog with a nutritious and different dish.
Meat and vegetable roll
To prepare this appetizing dish, you will need the following ingredients:
- 500 grams of minced meat
- 2 portions of sliced bread
- 70 grams of green beans
- 70 grams of peas
- 2 small carrots
- 4 eggs
- Bread crumbs
The first thing to do is to boil the vegetables (green beans, peas and carrots) cut into small squares. Meanwhile, beat the eggs and make a French omelette.
Prepare the minced meat by adding the two slices of bread that you should previously dip in a little milk. Mix it all very well and when it is ready, place a piece of cling film on which to place the meat and on top, place the vegetables and at the end the French omelette as if it were the lid that wraps the roll.
Roll it all up, shaping it and pressing it tightly so that it is compact. Remove the film and sprinkle the breadcrumbs over the surface of the roll and let it rest for twenty minutes.
Finally, just place the roll in a greased mold with oil that we can also put on top of the roll. It only remains to bake at 180º C for 35-40 minutes. We are sure that your dog will love it!
Attention to noises and fireworks at Christmas with dogs
Carols, screams, toasts, tambourines, music and, of course, fireworks. If this holiday season you are going to make a “marimorena” keep in mind that many dogs suffer stress when they endure loud noises. Therefore, to spend Christmas with dogs, don’t forget to look for a quiet space where your pet can disconnect from so much noise.
As for fireworks, you will have to be even more cautious. There are very few dogs that are not afraid of this thunderous noise, so take note of these 5 tips for dogs afraid of firecrackers
Christmas decorations, yet another danger
There is no Christmas without decorations, but of course, between the balls on the tree, the nativity scene, candles, tinsel and lights, the danger of Christmas with dogs is more than evident.
Most of these pieces are made with materials that can be very toxic for our dog. In addition, they are very brightly colored, so it is not uncommon for dogs, especially puppies, to mistake these objects for toys or knick-knacks.
Therefore, if you want to avoid going to the veterinarian’s emergency room, try to keep your dog away from Christmas decorations.
Another issue you should take into account this Christmas with dogs, are the lights and wires that we usually place at this time of the year. You will have to make sure that he doesn’t bite them or that they stay plugged in when you leave him alone at home.
Christmas costumes for dogs
It is another of the most widespread customs when we spend Christmas with dogs. We are talking about costumes that are not made for dogs. From accessories for the head, such as Santa Claus hats or reindeer headbands, to the cotillion and uncomfortable masks that, in many parties, end up on pets.
Whatever these costumes are, you have to understand that most of them are an inconvenience for your pet. That’s why, for sure, he will try to remove it with his fangs or however he can, which is a danger to his health. So you better say goodbye to these practices or put it on for 5 seconds to take the picture and that’s it.
However, if you still have the idea of dressing up your dog, there is a wide range of garments designed exclusively for dogs, according to their size. Just as we keep dogs warm with nice coats, you can also find Christmas costumes that are, above all, very comfortable for them.
What to do in front of strangers and relatives?
Are you one of those who welcome the whole family at home? If your family and friends flood your home at Christmas and some of them are strangers to your pet, your dog may react badly. However, this is something that depends on the socialization the dog has received since he was a puppy, as well as his own personality. So, if he is used to unfamiliar environments and people, he will not have a problem.
On the contrary, if the dog has socialization problems, you should warn the guests to leave him alone so that he does not feel threatened and may react aggressively. Here you will have to be attentive to his reactions.
Also take the opportunity to warn guests, especially children, not to give food to the dog, since, as we have already mentioned, it could alter the dog’s health.
Moving around at Christmas with dogs
If instead of receiving guests at home, you have to travel by car to celebrate Christmas with family or friends, you will have to consider what to do with your dog.
On the one hand, you can decide to take him everywhere in your car and on the other hand, if you want to avoid uncomfortable trips with your pet or it is simply not possible to travel with it, you can always leave your dog in the care of professional hands. In dog hotels, as in Las Almenas, we take care that your dog is properly cared for and fed, in addition to providing a complete hygiene and physical exercise in an air-conditioned space with outdoor space.
Christmas routines and walks with dogs
Despite the vacations, the cold and the change of routines at home during Christmas, you should not forget to continue with your dog’s daily routines and walks. The fact that you have many commitments and appointments does not exempt you from taking your dog outside at least 2 or 3 times a day and feeding him properly.
Surely you can balance all these commitments with the needs of your furry friend, not only care, but also entertainment and games.
Do you want to give your dog a Christmas present?
If the Three Wise Men or Santa Claus visit your home and leave gifts for all the members of the family, your furry friend will surely be excited to open his Christmas present. Surely in the market you will find plenty of ideas and toys that he will love.
In addition to toys, you can also give him a new bed, if he needs it, or a new collar or leash and, of course, we can give dog treats that you can use as a reward for good behavior.
Christmas with dogs and happiness!
What did you think of our article? Did you know all these issues when preparing Christmas with dogs at home? Surely you have a lot of anecdotes and tips from the Christmas holidays with your pet that you can share with the whole Almenas family. Here below you have the comment box for you to write us or ask us about our work in breeding mini and toy breed dogs, as well as our dog hotel service.
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