Keeping Pets Safe at ChristmasKeith
Keeping pets safe at Christmas is your responsibility
Keeping pets safe at Christmas should be your priority
Keeping pets safe at Christmas – because you love them
Pets are a big part of Christmas for many households but it is essential that we think about them over the holidays. Christmas time can be weird for animals so follow these tips and you should ensure your pets have lots of enjoyment.
Trees and plants
Real Christmas trees are slightly toxic to some pets and the natural oils can be an irritant so artificial trees may be a good buy. But, these can still harm your pets if they like to chew. Possibly buy a smaller tree and raise it off the floor.
We all think about trees and decorations being spikey for children but they can be a hazard for pets too. Needles may get stuck in claws and throats and decorations may be very tempting to chew and then shatter.
Electrical cords and lighting may cause a chewing and tangling hazard for pets.
Always make sure you shut your pets away from any kind of trees and decorations if you leave the house with your pet still at home.
Mistletoe and Holly are poisonous and should be kept out of the way of all pets and children completely.
Lots of ‘human’ food is very bad for pets so never be tempted to share your Christmas dinner with them. Treat your pets by giving them pet specific treats and maybe a new toy.
Never feed your pets poultry carcasses as the bones may split whilst chewing and get stuck in the throat.
Keep your pets away from things we would consider treats – chocolate, grapes, raisins and sultanas can be poisonous as can onions and garlic. Give them special pet only treats. Keep your pets safe at Christmas.
Pets do not make good Christmas presents so please don’t be tempted. It is a disruptive time of the year with noise and people and if you have issues it can be difficult to get a vet’s help. If your child is very keen for a pet then get them a book on looking after it for Christmas and then think about getting one once the holiday season is over.
It can be fun to give your pet presents and a stocking for Christmas,but do make sure you buy them from a pet specific source.
Noise and disruption
Think about visitors – cats and dogs can get very upset with lots of people coming in and out of the house. Make sure they have a quiet area where they can get peace and quiet and be surrounded by familiar things. Make sure they have access to water.
Fireworks at Christmas,New Year and we must mention Bonfire Night also, can be very upsetting for cats and dogs. Make sure you walk dogs early in the day and keep cats in for the night. You can purchase special suits for your dog to wear and playing music can help sooth your pets.
Have your vet’s out of hours number handy for emergencies.