Ah, St. Patrick's day. A chance to dress in green from head to toe — oh, and an excuse to drink green beer! Unfortunately, your furry friend can't enjoy a pint of Guinness. That doesn't mean you can't celebrate St. Patrick's day with your dog -- you'll just have to find some activities you can do together! Here are a few pet-friendly activities that you and your pup can enjoy together on St. Patrick's day.
First, let's go over a few safety tips to ensure that you and your dog have a marvelous holiday that isn't marred by a trip to the vet and an expensive bill.
1. Dogs And Alcohol Don't Mix
Obviously, we're not suggesting that you would purposefully give your dog alcohol, but remember how sneaky they can be! Dogs have no problem drinking or eating whatever they can get their paws on, even if it's not good for them.
So, if you're going to have them around alcohol, make sure you keep a close eye on them. Don't leave your drinks anywhere within their reach, and when you're done, pour out what's left instead of leaving it to sit.
If you notice any of the signs of alcohol poisoning in dogs such as vomiting, disorientation, or difficulty breathing, then call the Pet Poison Helpline or get your dog to a vet as soon as possible.
2. Stay Away From Shamrocks
Shamrocks are emblematic of St. Patrick's Day, and they're often handed out or placed as decorations during celebrations. They're also really toxic to dogs. When ingested, they can cause drooling, vomiting, low blood calcium and even kidney damage in rare cases. If you're planning on hosting your own party, consider replacing the real thing with shamrock themed decor. If you're going out for the festivities just keep an eye out for shamrocks and make sure you keep your dog well away.
So, now that we have that out of the way, let's get to the fun part!
Dog Safe St. Patrick’s Day Treats
What's one thing that dogs always love, regardless of the day? It's food. Making some homemade treats for your dog is a cheap, easy, and safe way to celebrate the holiday with them. Plus, there's nothing better than watching your dog dance around with excitement as you bake or blend or mix a tasty treat for them. Give a few of these healthy recipes a shot.
- Bark Beer- A delicious, beer-inspired, dog-friendly smoothie. No hangover included.
- Shamrock Shaped Cookies- Shamrocks might not be good for dogs, but these treats are!
- Green Dog Bones- Dogs find this simple recipe for green bones delicious.
Dress up Your Dog for St. Patrick's Day
As a responsible dog owner, it's your duty to ensure that your baby doesn't get pinched for not wearing green. After all, they can't dress themselves. It's easy to find adorable St. Paddy's costumes for dogs of all sizes. The only caveat is to be sure everyone is comfortable with the arrangement! If your dog isn't a fan of playing dress up, try something simple like this fancy collar or this removable bowtie.
Check Out Your Local Dog Park
What better way to celebrate the natural beauty of Ireland than a trip to the rolling green fields of the dog park. Your dog agrees, trust us! Your local dog park might even be hosting a St. Patrick's day event. Dog parades and costume parties are all the rage around the holidays and St. Paddy's day is no exception. We hope you use these tips to have a wonderful and safe St. Patrick's day with your beloved pet.