- Bake some tasty, homemade treats
There are tons of delicious options to choose from, such as candy canes for dogs and chewy bars for cats, and the best part is that the recipes are pretty simple. You can even turn the process into an arts and crafts activity and get the kids to help.
- Go out and take in the Christmas lights
Christmas lights are one of the best parts of the holiday season, so why not bring your pet with you when you go check them out? If it’s not too cold and your neighborhood is lit up, get your dog bundled up and take them for a walk. If you need to drive elsewhere to get your lights fix, consider bringing your pup with you - as long as they don’t mind being in the car.
- Make paw print ornaments
Paw print ornaments are pretty, sentimental, and most importantly, safe. Making them is a fun activity for families with children and, if you want to, you can make your own too. The ornaments require very few ingredients (water, all-purpose flour, salt, aluminum foil, a straw and/or pen, and an oven) which make them the perfect DIY. Once they’re finished baking, paint them and add them to your tree as a beautiful ode to your furry friend. Just be sure to hang them in a spot where they won't be knocked down because, if ingested, large amounts of salt can pose a risk to pets.
- Get your pet’s picture taken with Santa
Like making ornaments, getting your pet’s picture taken with Santa makes for a wonderful keepsake. Whether or not this is an option for you will depend on where you live and your local community but, typically, these types of events take place at malls, pet stores, and animal hospitals. Verify which kinds of pets are allowed in advance and always keep keep your dogs leashed and your cats in carriers. Pet pictures are fun, but safety should always remain your top priority.
You can also give back to animals in need by donating supplies, food, and/or money to your local animal shelter, humane society or pet rescue.
Have a safe and happy holiday season!
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