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Posted on 01-04-2017
The holidays are a time of fun and frivolity for us Edmonton humans, but often our fur-babies get lost in the party, wrapping paper and decorating shuffle. The ignored pet is the one who finds a way to do her own celebrating, but it may be the kind that precipitates an unplanned visit to our veterinarian at Terra Losa Animal Clinic. Why not plan some fun things to do with your pet this holiday season instead? Check out these suggestions from our Edmonton animal clinic.
Chances are that houses in your Edmonton neighborhood are dressed in holiday lights, and just as you enjoy seeing them sparkle, so does your dog. Plus, what better way to burn off a few holiday calories and for your pup to expend some energy!
Dogs love to chase anything in motion and that includes snowballs. Take a half-hour and romp together through the snow while tossing a few loosely packed balls. Don’t spend too much time outside, and be sure to rub him down with a nice dry towel afterwards.
Many animal shelters and other pet organizations host holiday pet parties where pets of a species or breed come together for fun play time. Call ahead to find out what vaccinations are necessary and be prepared to make a donation.
Invite over a few of your pet-friendly friends for an old-fashioned, at-home pet party. Have everyone bring a canine/feline and human dish to pass as well as a pet-gift to exchange. Activities? Darken the room (basements are good for this) and send a flash or laser light for pets to chase – both dogs and cats love this activity. Or for dogs-only get-togethers, join the carolers for an invigorating walk around the block.
In addition to the usual pile of human cookies and other baked goods, check out some recipes for pet treats and include your dog or cat in on the traditional holiday food fun.
To make your holidays special, do include your pet in the festivities. Not only will you all have fun, by including your pet, you may very well avoid a visit to our veterinarian for a lonely dog or cat who has found his way into trouble. Give us a call for more ideas or to make an appointment to visit our Terra Losa animal clinic
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