Holidays With Big Dogs

Happy Holidays! Many of our canine patients are enjoying extra snacks and gifts at this time of year. As you may know, we have a bit of a soft spot for large dogs. Fido’s size is definitely something to keep in mind as you prepare for your holiday celebrations. Here, an Anderson, IN vet discusses spending the holiday with a pup that’s larger than life.


Fido may not be as sensitive to the cold as a little dog, but he is by no means immune. Limit his outdoor time when temperatures drop. Keep in mind that cold weather can aggravate bone/joint conditions big dogs are prone to, such as arthritis. Make sure your furry pal has a warm, comfy bed to snuggle up in. Your vet may also recommend supplements.


Some dogs really love playing in the snow. Others? Not so much. If Fido is a Samoyed, he may love that white cold stuff. A poodle, however, may be much less impressed. Regardless of your pet’s opinion on the matter, we strongly advise against letting him run around off-leash. Also, when walking Fido, keep him away from frozen bodies of water.


Toys and treats are probably at the top of Fido’s wish list. Choose gifts made specifically for big dogs. Your pooch could choke on products meant for smaller pups!


Food is central to many holiday celebrations. It’s also a big hazard, especially for pups that are big enough to grab things off the table when no one is looking, or snatch leftovers out of the trash. Take care not to let Fido have anything unsafe, such as chocolate, avocado, macadamia nuts, alcohol, meat on the bone, and/or grapes or raisins. Ask your vet for more information.


Decorations are another thing to be careful with. Anything small or sharp is hazardous. That list includes ornaments, ornament hooks, and nic nacs. Items with ropes or cords, such as tinsel, lights, and garlands, are also dangerous, as are several popular plants, including poinsettia, holly, mistletoe, and ivy. Be careful with heat sources, such as heaters and fireplaces, as well. If Fido gets chilly, he may want to doze off by the fire. However, if he gets too close, he could singe his fur.

Happy Holidays from Pendleton Veterinary Clinic, your Anderson, IN pet hospital. Please feel free to contact us anytime.

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