Christmas is here and we are all very excited!
But don’t let the holidays become a danger for your pets at home. Here are the most common hazards and dangerous situations at home to watch out for, and what to do to prevent them:
- Choose Christmas decorations that are labelled non-toxic;
- Keep cables from Christmas tree lights out of reach or get a cable guard;
- Vacuum regularly to reduce the risk of real or fake pine needles being ingested by your pet;
- Don’t give your pets chocolate: it contains theobromine which is toxic to dogs and other pets;
- Don’t use edible decorations on your tree: they will be sniffed out, pulled down and eaten;
- If a gift contains food or chocolate, don’t leave it under the tree, as your pet might open it before you get the chance to do so, eating not only the chocolate but also some of the packaging;
- Christmas plants are pretty, but poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, ferns and pines, are poisonous to cats and dogs;
- If you’re having guests make sure children are supervised when they are near your pet to avoid injury to either party;
- Create a safe space for your pet where they can escape the commotion. Put food, water, toys and a bed in there. Utility rooms or spare bedrooms are a good option;
- Make sure all visitors know to close any doors, windows or gates to stop a panicked pet making an accidental escape;
- Don’t give your pet turkey or chicken bones, as they can splinter and cause serious issues for your pet;
- Keep up your pets regular feeding and exercise routines to minimise upheaval;
- Long walks will tire out your dog and stop them getting bored or disruptive;
- Rather than feeding them potentially harmful festive foods, involve your pet in the fun by treating them to a toy, a new collar or new bowl.
Have fun at home with the whole Family and your Pets! These tips are valid for all celebrations you may have with the Family at home. Merry Christmas!