Keep your pets safe this Christmas
The festive season is a fun time for many of us but it can also bring problems for pets. The PDSA have put together some top tips to help you keep your pets safe this Christmas.
- Choose Christmas decorations that are labelled non-toxic
- Keep cables from Christmas tree lights out of reach or get a cable guard they can’t chew through, because rabbits, cats and dogs will try!
- 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 and pulled down
- If a gift contains food or chocolate don’t leave it under the tree. Your pet might open it before you get the chance and eat something that’s dangerous
- Christmas plants may look pretty but poinsettias, mistletoe, holly, amaryllis, ferns and pine sap 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
- Don’t forget to be careful of children’s toys as small parts left around can be swallowed
- Create a safe space for your pet – perhaps a spare bedroom or utility room – where they can escape the commotion. Put food, water, toys and a bed in there
- Make sure guests know to close any doors, windows or gates to stop a panicked pet making an accidental escape
- 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
- Don’t choose the festive period to try your pet on a new diet. Stick to their usual routine as much as possible to minimise stress at this busy time