St. Patrick’s Day is coming up quick! While this may not be an official—or even unofficial—pet holiday, there’s no reason not to have some fun celebrating with your furry friend. After all, St. Patrick was a big fan of Fido’s! A Lakewood Ranch, FL vet lists some fun ways to include your pooch in your celebrations below.
Many pet product manufacturers have gone all-in on creating holiday items for our furry pals. You can get your pooch a cute little four-leaf clover headband, or a green shamrock harness or bandana to wear. These can make for some really cute photos! Fido may also appreciate a St. Paddy’s day blanket for his bed. You may even get your canine buddy shamrock-shaped dog toys, or plushy leprechauns and/or pots of gold.
Every holiday has its own traditional meals and snacks, and St. Patrick’s Day is no different. Corned beef isn’t safe for Man’s Best Friend, as it’s high in salt and fat. However, you can also make a dog-friendly version of Shepherd’s pie. The basics are the same: you would use ground turkey or hamburger, and add a layer of veggies, such as corn, carrots, celery, or peas. Top with mashed potatoes, and offer your pup a small plate. Just add your seasonings after you’ve given FIdo his plate.
Green beer has become a very popular St. Paddy’s day beverage. However, this is one thing you definitely do not want to share with Fido. Alcohol is very dangerous for our canine companions. It can cause difficulty walking, nausea, vomiting, and disorientation. If Fido drinks more than a minimal amount, he could go into a coma.
Shake The Shamrocks
Many people put out Oxalis acetosella, or wood sorrel, as decorative stand-ins for actual shamrocks. Unfortunately, these are toxic to our four-legged friends, and can cause kidney damage. Warning signs include drooling, weakness, and nausea. Fido may also shake his head. Actual shamrocks are also toxic. Keep plants out of paws’ reach!
Our canine pals are very curious, and they often like to investigate things by eating them. Any small object, such as that cute shamrock necklace or small nick-nacks, are potential choking hazards. Ropy items, such as green clover string lights or garlands, are also unsafe.
Is your four-legged friend due for an exam? Contact us, your Lakewood Ranch, FL animal clinic, today!