The holiday season is a time of joy and celebration and for greyhound owners, it’s an opportunity to ensure our dogs are as happy and comfortable as we are. Greyhounds require specific care and attention, especially during the bustling holiday period. Here’s how you can make sure your greyhound enjoys the festivities just as much as you do.
1. Maintain a Routine
Greyhounds thrive on routine. The holiday season can often disrupt our daily schedules, but it’s important to try and keep your greyhound’s routine as normal as possible. Regular feeding times, walks, and bedtime should be maintained to help your dog feel secure and relaxed amidst the holiday excitement.
2. Create a Quiet Space
Holidays can bring a lot of noise and unfamiliar faces into your home. Greyhounds, while sociable, can sometimes feel overwhelmed by loud noises and crowded spaces. Set up a quiet, cozy area where your greyhound can retreat to if the festivities become too much. Include their favorite bed, toys, and perhaps an item of clothing that smells like you for comfort.
3. Watch the Holiday Treats
While it’s tempting to share holiday treats with your greyhound, remember that many common festive foods can be harmful to dogs. Chocolate, grapes, onions, and certain nuts are toxic to greyhounds and should be kept well out of reach. Instead, have some dog-friendly treats on hand so your greyhound doesn’t feel left out.
4. Keep Decorations Safe
Decorations add sparkle to the holidays but can pose risks to curious greyhounds. Tinsel, ornaments, and electric lights can be hazardous if chewed on or swallowed. Keep decorations out of reach and ensure your tree is stable to prevent any accidents.
5. Exercise is Key
Despite the chilly weather, your greyhound still needs regular exercise. Short, brisk walks can help them burn off energy and stay fit. Just remember to protect them from the cold with a suitable dog coat, especially since greyhounds have less body fat and might feel the cold more than other breeds.
6. Stress-Free Travel
If you’re traveling during the holidays, plan ahead for your greyhound’s comfort. Whether you’re taking them with you or leaving them in the care of a trusted sitter, make sure they have familiar items like their bed, toys, and food. If traveling, take frequent breaks and ensure your greyhound is secure and comfortable in the vehicle.
7. Health Check-Ups
The holiday season is a busy time, but don’t forget about your greyhound’s health. Keep up with their regular check-ups and vaccinations. If you notice any changes in their behavior or health, consult your vet promptly.
8. Love and Attention
Above all, the holiday season is a time to cherish those close to us, and that includes our graceful greyhounds. Amidst the hustle and bustle, take time to relax and bond with your dog. Extra cuddles, gentle play, and simply spending time together can make the holidays special for both of you.
Taking care of your greyhound during the holidays doesn’t have to be complicated. With a bit of planning and awareness, you can ensure that both you and your swift companion enjoy a safe, comfortable, and joyous festive season. Happy holidays to you and your magnificent greyhound!