|Barked: Thu Dec 20, '12 7:55am PST |
|How will you be keeping your furry, scaley, feathered friends safe during the holidays this year?
Kennel rotation for the dogs to give them breaks on my end(especially as my mothers Rottweiler will be coming and him and Charlie have to be on rotation anyway).
Snake and rabbits in my bedroom to prevent any children from harassing them through Christmas. There is nothing quite like little kids poking and prodding at your pets to irritate them or frighten them and with how many children will be here this Christmas, my only real option is to put my pets where no children are allowed - my bedroom!
Also monitoring what others try to feed my dogs - especially with how many things can harm them during the Christmas season, and keeping proper supervision on the pets while food is out. Luckily, my family usually ASKS before giving my pets anything if they're unsure of whether or not it's safe and only ever give in tiny amounts what they have already learned to be allowed.
Giving a clear on any gifts others want to give my pets - what treats, chews, etc. Last year, my aunt bought my dog these tiny little red and white bone shaped rawhides that were very clearly dyed. Not only do I not feed rawhides on principle alone, but the fact they were dyed through me for a curve too, and he did not get them. I believe she got them from the dollar store, however, so while her intentions were good, I pointed out the hazards of such chews. Hopefully nobody tries to get my dogs anything like that again. RMB's galore are allowed though, as are some cookies. If I'm really lucky, my family will leave it up to me and my fiance to get my dogs gifts instead.
Keeping close supervision on small children - no matter their age, if they're around dogs, rabbits, doesn't matter. They will be closely supervised with all animals, as I do not want my pets stressing out, nor do I want any children getting bitten, whether provoked or not by any of the animals.
Luckily, my dogs are very tolerant and even very adoring of children, and LOVE having guests over!
So Dogsters, what are you doing this year to keep your pets safe, healthy and stress-free?
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