Foods: While those darling puppy dog eyes may be hard to resist at the dinner table, no bones for Fido! Cooked bones can chip and break into sharp bits that can be extremely hazardous. Anything outside of normal routine can cause stomach upset and vomiting so rich foods and desserts (especially chocolate) should be safe guarded. Alcohol is toxic as well.
Guests: Make sure any holiday guests are aware of your dog and food restrictions. The excitement of more people in the house can get stressful. Open doors are an invite for bolting so make sure your pooch has up to date tags.
One of the best things you can do is provide your pooch with a safe haven like a spare room or cozy crate to escape to when things get hectic. Parties, fireworks, and noise makers/party poppers can be pretty scary (and potentially hazardous if eaten).
Lastly, make sure any gifts you buy for your furry friend are safe. Toys can easily be chewed up and swallowed if not supervised.
And remember, a dog or puppy does NOT make an appropriate gift! They are a lifelong commitment. Too many shelters see an influx of animals after the holidays when it's realized an animal wasn't the best present.
No doubt having your dog around for the holidays can require some extra care but it’s certainly worth it to have them near! Happy Holidays!