Even when we complain sometimes about the stress and rush surrounding Christmas and the New Year, at heart we all love the festivities and celebrations of this time of year. We have a few ideas to make sure that it is a happy festive season for both two and four-legged friends alike.
1. Do not give pets as gifts
Dogs have an average lifespan of 12 years, so it goes without saying that getting one is a long term commitment. Which is why gifting a puppy at Christmas is a bad idea, especially if given as a surprise.
If the recipient is not ready for the responsibility of taking care of an animal then the one who suffers in the long run is the dog. Dogs are amazing companions for us, in turn we ought to be considerate of their feelings and make sure they are well treated.
2. Beware of dangerous and toxic foods!
Christmas is a time where we like to overindulge and let loose. But, for dog owners it’s important to remember that some of the things we can happily eat and drink that they cannot. So make sure dangerous food is not left out in the open.
It’s perfectly okay to give a dog a small amount of turkey. But, the bones must be removed as they can splinter and cause intestinal damage.
Lots of people dip into a box of chocolates during the Holiday season, but for doggies chocolate is dangerous. The toxic component of chocolate is theobromine. Humans can metabolize it much faster. For dogs, it is much slower and can build up to toxic levels. Cocoa, cooking chocolate and dark chocolate contain the highest levels.
It goes without saying that hooch is not good for your pooch – after all it’s not really good for humans either. Since Christmas is a time where many households contain more alcohol than usual, we have to be extra vigilant in making sure that open containers are not left lying about anywhere your dog can get to.
Xylitol is artificial sweetener found in many sugar-free products. Although it’s safe for us, it is well established as a life threatening toxin to dogs. It is worth going through your cupboards and checking the labels for it so you can be sure.
3. Pet Proofing your home
Christmas decorations are great for getting us in the festive spirit. But your pet also finds those shiny ornaments quite inviting. Tinsel, baubles, lights and mistletoe (which is poisonous to cats and dogs) are few items that you need to take special care about when it comes to proofing your home.
4. Gift Ideas
Any pet owner knows that they really are part of the family, but for the most part a gift to our pets is as much a gift to ourselves. You wouldn’t be too excited if you got a pair of socks, so why not use the opportunity to get something that’s really going to improve your dog’s life?
Take a look at our video to find some inspiration for your pet’s gift this Christmas!
5. Gift Wrapping Ideas
If you’re feeling especially festive and want to go the extra mile, here are some unique ideas for wrapping your pet’s present.
We at Maxi Zoo wish you a Merry Christmas and a lovely family time full of Christmas cheer!