Has a new puppy just joined your household? Congratulations! Those first few months are a crucial time in your pet’s life. Fido’s first holiday season is coming up, which means there’s going to be a lot of chances for your little buddy to get into mischief. A Westminster, MD vet offers some holiday puppy care advice below.
Little Fido’s training should start right away. In addition to house training and crate training, you’ll want to teach the little guy basic obedience commands, such as Sit and Stay. Your canine pal probably won’t have all of his ‘classes’ done before the holiday. That’s fine! Just be consistent.
Puppies are basically adorable little chewing machines. Anything within paws’ reach is a potential target. Keep anything that isn’t safe in a spot little Fido can’t reach. That includes small or sharp objects; personal items; shoes (especially guests shoes); toxic plants, such as poinsettias; small items of clothing; plastic bags and ties; chemicals; and medicine. Ask your vet for puppyproofing advice.
If little Fido hasn’t quite figured out that begging isn’t allowed yet, you may want to put him in his crate or in a separate room during dinner. Ask your guests not to feed him without checking with you first.
Before your guests arrive, tire little Fido out with a fun workout. A long walk and play session will help your pooch burn off that extra energy!
Be very careful with what you offer little Fido! Some plain, boneless turkey is fine. Your furry pal can also enjoy most other main courses, such as roast beef, fish, or chicken, as long as you remove the skin, bones, and fat. As for sides, cooked pumpkin or sweet potatoes, spinach, peas, carrots, string beans, and small amounts of egg and cheese are also safe. Many things you may find on the table are not safe for dogs. That list includes garlic, onions, scallions, and chives; grapes, currants, and raisins; avocados; fruits with seeds or pips; meat on the bone; raw dough; chocolate; alcohol, and anything that contains xylitol.
Socialization is crucial for puppies. Use the holidays to your advantage, and have people come over to pet and play with little Fido. Don’t forget to take some adorable holiday photos!
Happy Thanksgiving! Please feel free to contact us, your Westminster, MD animal clinic, anytime.