Christmas is a wonderful time of year – but not always for your pets! Here are some tips for keeping your pets out of danger.
Food to avoid giving your pet at Christmas
• Alcoholic beverages
•Chocolate (highly toxic to pets)
•Mouldy or spoiled foods
•Chicken or Turkey bones (they can splinter)
Avoid giving your pet any of your leftovers as this can cause diarrhoea. Also keep your pet away from cooked bones: they can splinter or get lodged in your pet’s throat or can cause serious damage by puncturing the intestinal tract.
Pet hazards around the Christmas tree
• Fallen Christmas tree needles are very sharp and can easily get stuck in your pet’s paws or throat. Sweep tree needles up regularly or fence off your Christmas tree to separate your pet and tree.
•Cover up electric cords and flashing tree lights so your pet can’t chew them and electrocute himself.
•Try using fairy lights that don’t flash as some pets when up close can get very scared by these.
•Christmas tree decorations can cause a nasty accident or be fatal to your pet. Cats, and young pets especially, will show a great interest in decorations hanging from your tree. Try to use unbreakable decorations and nothing too small. Avoid tinsel or ribbons as these are dangerous to the gastrointestinal tract if your pet swallows them.
•Make sure your tree is well anchored so your pet can’t pull it over.
Other Christmas dangers to pets
•Remember loud noises may panic your pet, such as Christmas crackers, poppers, balloons, and champagne bottles.
•Remove your Christmas wrapping paper (and toys) from the floor to avoid your pet chewing or swallowing it.
We wish you and your pets a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!