Whenever I post about Bennett, our Lhasapoo (which is a cross between a Lhasa apso and a Poodle) the posts do really well. We really are a nation of animal lovers, and its this time of year (in the UK) that sometimes we forget that they do, like us, need a little extra care and attention. I’ve written before about the care needed for dogs in summer, So I thought I would give some the tips I have picked up both at Christmas and winter time in general.
First up Christmas:
Christmas is a time of visitors, unusual food, toys being left around as well as advent calendar and other chocolate and sweets hanging around. I think the main thing is to be aware that this is actually quite a hazardous time for dogs.
- Try to keep things off the floor if you can.
- I also only out unbreakable things on the lower portion of the tree. This might be hard if you have a large dog though, but one of my fears is broken baubles or other glass ornaments causing damage.
- I also make sure I keep candles away from wagging tails!
- Keep chocolate and sweets away from your dog
- Try not to let feed a dog whilst you at the table, it a hard habit to break, and not a healthy one for the pooch.
Once its starts to get really cold, I don’t know about you, but sometimes even our outside loving dog refuses to go outside. You do need to remember though when you take them for a walk there are a few thing to remember and keep in mind.
- Don’t leave them unattended outside
- Short-coated breeds, should wear a coat in winter.
- Breeds that need to have their haircut, should not have it cut too short. Ask your dog groomer for advice.
- Sometimes the floor in winter can be too cold. If your dog seems in distress, I’d head back home, or invest in some dog boots.
- Have you ever come across salted pathways? If you do, then once home wash your dogs paws.
- Stay away from frozen ponds or lakes and keep your dog on a lead near frozen water.
- If your dog is less active during the winter months, don’t forget to cut back a bit on what you feed them.
- Add an extra cover into their bed for them to snuggle into
- Its just as important to make sure that they have a varied diet and fresh water. Choose a dog food that you can trust.
Finally don’t forget a new chew toy or treat for Christmas morning, they deserve a treat too!
This post is a collaboration with PEDIGREE®, but all thoughts are my own. For additional pet care information you can read the following PEDIGREE® Reviews for tips and advice.