As the holida ys approach, many people are busy picking out gifts for their loved ones. Of course, lots of people also have their young ones at home this year. Our canine patients are thrilled about this. Why not have the kids make something for Fido? A local vet offers some suggestions below.
If there’s one thing that will please dogs of all shapes, sizes, and colors, it’s snacks. Have the kids do a bit of holiday baking for Fido! To make your pooch some simple dog biscuits, mix a half cup of oats, 2 cups of pureed pumpkin or sweet potato, one egg, a half cup of natural PB, and three cups of whole-wheat flour. Roll the dough out, and then use a cute bone-shaped cookie cutter to divide into small portions. About 20 minutes at 350F should do it, but add more time for crunchier treats. Tail wags guaranteed!
Toys are of co urse very fun for dogs. However, they are also good for our canine pals, both physically and mentally. Here’s an easy option: cut an old towel or t-shirt into strips. You can alternate different-colored ones if you like. Braid the strips together, and then braid those braids together. Tie the end off in a big knot. Done!
It’s very important for your canine pal to be able to sleep comfortably. Why not make him a doggy bed? You can go easy with this one, and have the kids sew and stuff a blanket for him. Or, have them upcycle a piece of furniture. You can turn a coffee table upside down, repurpose a hard-shell suitcase, or even make a pallet bed. There are lots of great ideas online! Paint and stain will make it look nice. Just make sure that there are no sharp edges.
Another option is to have the kids decorate a treat jar for your canine friend. You can start with any simple ceramic jar or vase. A plain cookie jar is fine. They can use stickers, paint, stencils, or other mediums to decorate it and make it look nice.
Happy Holidays! Please contact us, your local vet clinic, if there is ever anything we can do for you. We are here to help!