How to Include Your Dog in the Holidays

With the holiday season just around the corner, keep your pet in mind when planning festivities. The holidays are a time to be grateful for family and friends, and your four legged loved one should be no exception! There are lots of opportunities to include your pet when making holiday plans. Here are some ways you can make sure your pet enjoys this special time of year as much as you do.


Go for a long walk

A great way to show your dog some extra love during the holiday season is by taking him outside for some fresh air. Let your dog run around and release some energy in a fenced in area, or take him on a long walk with plenty of breaks for sniffing.


Give them a special treat or meal

It may be tempting to feed your dog some scraps from your big holiday meal, but this could be dangerous for them. Typical foods served at a holiday meal may include raisins, chocolate, bones, onion, and garlic. Ingesting these foods could cause an upset stomach and vomiting for your dog. Instead, consider making something special just for your pup. A special hand-made meal or tasty treat will get a warm reception from any dog.


Donate to a local charity

There is no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by giving to others. Make a donation in your pet’s name to your local animal shelter or rescue or donate food, blankets, toys or leashes to pets in need.


Set aside a quiet space

Make sure there is a place in your home where your dog can go to get away from all of the noise and excitement of the holiday. Your house will most likely be busier, louder and more stressful for your dog. Give your dog some time to sneak away to his warm and cozy bed to remind him of the comforts of his normal routine.


Keep your dog safe from holiday hazards

Although the holidays are a wonderful time for you and your family, there are aspects of the season that can be dangerous for your pet. Make sure to supervise your dog around any decorations and/or Christmas trees. If a curious pup gets a hold of a shiny ornament, it can be a recipe for disaster! Its also helpful to have an emergency vet’s number on hand in case of any accidents.


Get a holiday pet portrait

Make your pet feel extra pampered and loved this holiday season by including them in the special moments you capture. Getting a professional photo taken of your pet will be something you will cherish for years to come.
Have a picture taken of your pup in a winter wonderland scene at Morris Animal Inn’s Holiday Pet Photo Shoot on November 15th from 10am-3pm. Call 973-539-0377 for more details!