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Holidays

Chihuahua Holidays & Important Dates of Awareness

Overview - The majority of pet owners in the United States and in many places around the world celebrate the holidays, in one form or another, with their dog or cat. In fact, in the U.S. a poll summarized by Time found that 63% of dog owners buy their canine family member a Christmas gift. However, it goes way beyond that.

With some holidays, you'll want your Chihuahua to join in on the celebration because he is part of the family. For others, it's a great time to start fresh in regard to care and other elements that you do to keep your Chihuahua happy and healthy. And for certain special days of observance, it's a perfect excuse to spoil your Chi puppy or dog just a bit. Finally, with some holidays, such as Halloween, you and your Chihuahua can have lots of fun together and have a great bonding experience. 

In this section, we'll cover:
  • Celebrating holidays with your Chihuahua, which includes tips to keep your Chihuahua safe, holiday foods that your Chi can and cannot eat, ways to make your dog feel special and advice that revolves around the particular events of certain holidays. 

List of Pet Awareness Days, Weeks and Months

January 
  • National Walk Your Dog Month
  • Unchain a Dog Month
  • January 2nd - National Pet Travel Safety Day
  • January 14th - National Dress Up Your Pet Day; a day to be aware of the benefits of clothing your dog
  • January 24th - Change a Pet’s Life Day
February
  • National Pet Dental Health Month
  • Responsible Pet Owners Month
  • Spay/Neuter Awareness Month
  • February 14th - Pet Theft Awareness Day
  • February 20th - Love Your Pet Day
  • February 23rd- International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
March
  • Poison Prevention Awareness Month
  • March 23rd - National Puppy Day(an annual day to celebrate puppies and promote adoption)
April
  • American Red Cross’s National Pet First Aid Awareness Month
  • Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month  
  • National Pet ID Week (third week in April)
  • World Veterinary Day - last Saturday in April.
  • April 30th - National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day
May
  • Pet Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month
  • Be Kind to Animals Week (first full week of May starting with a Sunday)
  • National Heat Awareness Day (the last Friday in May)
  • May 14th - International Chihuahua Appreciation Day
June
  • Take Your Dog to Work Day (celebrated the Friday after Father's Day)
July
  • July 15th - National Pet Fire Safety Day 
  • July 21st - National Craft for Your Local Shelters Day
August
  • National Immunization Awareness Month; a day to spread awareness of the importance of vaccinations.
  • August 1st - DOGust Universal Birthday for Shelter Dogs
  • August 10th - Spoil Your Dog Day
  • August 26th - National Dog Day 
September
  • Animal Pain Awareness Month
  • Responsible Dog Ownership Month
  • National Pet Memorial Day (second Sunday in September)
  • September 14th - National Hug Your Hound Day
  • September 23rd - Dogs in Politics Day (also known as Checkers Day)
  • September 28th - World Rabies Day
October
  • National Animal Safety and Protection Month
  • National Pet Obesity Awareness Day (second Wednesday of October
November
  • National Pet Cancer Awareness Month 
  • National Pet Diabetes Month
  • November 1st - National Cook for Your Pets Day
  • November 7th - National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day
December
  • December 10th - International Animal Rights Day

Celebrating Holidays with Your Chihuahua

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January 1st, New Year's Day
The perfect holiday to go over the top Chihuahua care tips and have a great, fresh start to the new year. (Coming Jan 2017...)
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February 14th, Valentine's Day, and also Pet Theft Awareness Day
Extra ways to show your Chi that you live him/her on Valentine's Day (coming Feb 2017...)
Steps to help prevent your Chihuahua from being stolen (coming Feb 2017...)
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Independence Day - July 4th
The Fourth of July is always a great day to spend as a family and your Chihuahua can have lots of fun. However, you'll want to be sure to take steps in case your Chi is close enough to be spooked by fireworks and know which type of barbecue foods a Chihuahua can and cannot eat. Also summer heat safety tips. (Coming July 2017...)
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Halloween - October 31st
This is one of the funnest holidays to celebrate with a dog. You can dress up your Chihuahua in a super cute costume (most dogs love the attention that they get and it's a great time for a photo op), and you can also include your Chihuahua in either handing out candy to trick-or-treaters or take him for a walk in the neighborhood. Read more about Chihuahuas on Halloween...
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Thanksgiving
If there's one holiday that says 'family', it's Thanksgiving. Celebrated in the U.S. on the 4th Thursday in November and on the 2nd Monday in October in Canada. You'll want your Chihuahua to join in the festivities, but it's important to know which Thanksgiving foods a Chihuahua can eat. Also, whether you're going to have guests over or bring your Chi to someone else's house, be sure to prepare so that your puppy or dog is comfortable and happy. (Coming Nov 2017...)
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Christmas
The timing of this wonderful holiday, deep into winter when pet ownership has quite a few challenges, gives a great opportunity to get some fantastic gifts for your Chihuahua what will keep him occupied and happy over the long winter. Not only are some fun toys a good choice, but it's also the ideal time to obtain some essential care products to help combat the winter cold & arid air. 

General Holiday Tips

Anytime a holiday is coming up, it's a good idea to plan ahead in regard to how you'll handle certain things regarding your Chihuahua. 

Of most importance is:

1) Knowing which foods your Chihuahua can/will eat. While it's always a good idea to have a set feeding schedule and also set foods that you give to your Chi, on certain days of the year you may want to give him a special treat. Or even make a special dinner or dessert for your puppy or dog.

And offering some special tidbits is just fine. However, you'll want to remind yourself not only about the foods that a Chihuahua can't eat, but also be aware that some of those ingredients may be included in other foods. 

2) Keeping your Chihuahua happy and comfortable. Many Chihuahuas are very happy when they are at home and around their regular human family members. When visitors come to the house or if a Chihuahua is brought to visit another person's home, this is when it can get tricky.

While the holiday-specific pages above give full details, some general guidelines to follow are:
  • If at home, have an area set up that your Chihuahua can retreat to if he is feeling overwhelmed. You may already have an indoor canine playpen or gated off area for your Chi; however, if that area is too close to loud guests, your Chihuahua may not find it very restful.  
If you can't move the guests away from your Chi's area that he normally relaxes, you may want to try moving the area. Just be sure that he doesn't feel too isolated. He should still feel as if he is part of the events, but far enough away he's not directly near the chaos. 
  • Keep an eye on how children are interacting with your Chihuahua. Young kids may not know proper handling techniques and some youngsters may end up playing too rough or even pulling your dog's tail. In addition, while a Chihuahua may do great with children, every dog has their tolerance level. So, routinely check in to see if it's time to call a time-out. 
  • If you bring your Chi to another house, bring along everything that he normally needs and uses to feel comfortable. This includes his food & water bowls, favorite toys and his bed. 
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