With all the hustle and bustle during the holiday season, it’s easy to forget to include your pet in the fun and traditions. From presents to treats, there are many ways to help your furry family members feel included during this busy time of year.
Here are 5 ways to include your pet this holiday season:
- Photos with Santa. It’s becoming more and more popular that many large-scale pet stores, such as PetSmart and Petco, have certain days or events during this time of year that Santa will be in-store to take pictures with your pet. What better way to include your pet during the holidays and also have a Christmas keepsake!
- Pet Healthy Christmas Cookies. In many family’s Christmas traditions, Christmas cookie baking and decorating are always on the list. This year, while baking cookies, why not do a separate batch of pet-friendly ingredients? Your pet will be sure to enjoy them! Treats are a simple and cost-effective way to show your pet love while also being included in traditions.
- Pet Themed Stockings/Presents. I bet there is not a dog or cat that does not enjoy getting new things like beds, treats or toys! Having something for them to play with on Christmas day will make them happier and keep them busy while you are spending time with family. Some retail stores even carry pre-filled stockings with treats and toys!
- Christmas Lights. If your dog enjoys car rides, this option could be easy and fun for both parties involved. Dogs are often attracted to bright and sparkling lights and driving around neighborhoods or pre-set displays to look at Christmas lights is a definite way to get into the Christmas spirit. Anytime you can include your dog or pet in family outings, why not?
- Games. Mind stimulation through games is always encouraged for pets to decrease boredom and help to keep them alert. Christmas themed games can be another easy way to help them feel included during the days filled with festivities – Try having your pet help unwrap their gift.
A few things to remember are – Not all table foods should be shared with your pet as it may cause stomach upsets or reactions, children’s toys or Christmas tree ornaments. Check out Mike’s blog about Pet Safety to learn more about keeping your pet safe. Amongst all the holiday fun, your pet’s safety should always be a priority. With safety first, your pets will love being included in your holiday festivities.
What ways do you include your pet during the holidays?
Do you have pet Christmas Traditions?
Post written by Courtney Gellhaus, Marketing Coordinator