“Mothers, aunts and sisters scuttled to and fro, bearing tureens. Auntie Bessie, who had already been frightened, twice, by a clock-work mouse, whimpered at the sideboard and had some elderberry wine. The dog was sick.” A Child’s Christmas in Wales
I know…the spectre of Christmas is giving us all the heeby jeebies. We just did our dry run, so to speak with Canadian Thanksgiving and yes, the turkey was delicious and yes the dogs got some and thankfully did not get sick. So this little essay from the President’s Choice® Nutrition First® team and Celebrity Pet Expert, Harrison Forbes…BES not RD – is a timely message to make sure your holidays are healthy for everyone in your family including the four legged one’s.
Be aware of your pet’s personality
Just like humans, some pets enjoy company more than others. If your pet shows signs of stress or becomes anxious when there are a lot of people (or other animals) in his home, try to avoid having large parties. Instead, why not meet friends for a brisk, wintery walk outside or visit a Christmas market together? You will all have more fun if your pet is at ease. If you do want to host a holiday party in your home, find a trusted friend or neighbour who can pet-sit for you while you’re entertaining.
Get ready for guests
No matter how careful you are about accommodating your pet’s needs, the holidays are a social season, and guests are a given. If you are having an evening of festivities, prepare your pet by spending some time tuckering him out earlier in the day. Structured play (like practicing sit, down or stay during a walk) will help to tire him out both physically and mentally, so he’ll be less likely to get overexcited when the new faces appear.
Prepare a pet menu
It can be tempting to let your pet “clean the plates” while you’re loading the dishwasher, but these kind of indulgences will only derail a healthy diet, and might even make your pet sick. If you’re worried about leaving your pet out of the festive fun, try to give him his own special holiday treat. PC® Nutrition First makes it easy for your pet to enjoy the same delicious, nutritious ingredients you do. While you’re enjoying a full turkey roast, why not let your dog chow down on a PC® Nutrition First Turkey with Fruit and Vegetable Biscuits beside you.
Pick a Pet Present
If you want to include your furry friend in the gift-giving fun, try picking a present that is fun for him and practical for you. Choose products like PC® Nutrition First Chicken & Cranberry Biscuits, which have a fun holiday feel – plus they’re great for your dog’s dental hygiene.
HOLIDAY-THEMED DOG TREATS
- PC® Nutrition First Turkey with Fruit and Vegetable Biscuits
- PC® Nutrition First Chicken & Cranberry