HOLIDAY SAFE PET TIPS
1. Christmas trees
Although a fir or pine tree can look lovely, they can be troublesome for pets. The oils in fir trees can be mildly toxic, causing stomach upsets, and the needles themselves can get stuck in your pet's paw or throat. Regularly sweep up needles and close the tree room's door when you go out, to avoid any accidents. Barricade the water trough around the tree to prevent your pet from drinking the water, which may be dirty and contain pine needles, which are indigestible.
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 to them.
2. Tinsel & lights
Do not hang lights or tinsel low enough on the tree to tempt them. Lights can possibly shock your pet if they chew on them.
3. Hosting celebrations
If you’re hosting celebrations, exercise pets before your guests arrive. This will help them de-stress and make them more likely to nap once the festivities are underway. If they’re mingling among the guests, make sure you’re monitoring them so that they don’t share your guests’ holiday finger foods!
4. O stable tree, O stable tree
Watch out for your cat climbing the Christmas tree – he may become tangled or cause the tree to topp over. Don't let your dog stumble over the tree when playing. Ensure your tree is stable by investing in a sturdy base.
5. Tempting treats
The smell of succulent turkey wafting from the kitchen is as irresistible to our pets as it is to us. Avoid leaving food anywhere in your pet's reach - you can't blame them if it's left unattended!
6. And a happy new year
Fireworks over New Year can be a source of anxiety to many cats and dogs. Make sure your pet has a hideaway place where he feels safe in case it starts to sound scary outside. Close the curtains and turn on the TV or radio to help with distraction. Always ensure that your pet is wearing adequate identification. With more frequent comings-and-goings, it’s easy for your pet to slip out of the house unnoticed.
7. Tummy Yummy
Fatty and spicy leftovers should not be fed to your dog. Turkey skin is especially hard to digest and can lead to pancreatitis. Do not feed your pet cooked bones. They can splinter and result in a Holiday Emergency instead of Holiday cheer.
'Tis the season to decorate your home with special Christmas ornaments. But remember, if your cat, dog or rabbit isn't used to its usual play spaces being filled with festive objects, they can be knocked over, nibbled, or even swallowed.
9. A busy home
Christmas time often means a busy home, with friends and family coming together in seasonal spirit. Remember that new faces and more noise can be scary for your pet, so it's a good idea to provide them with a safe room so they can escape and be put at ease if it all becomes too much. It's also important to maintain your pet's normal routines, especially with feeding and exercise, to avoid them becoming too unsettled.
10. Holiday holiday
If you on a well-earned holiday, don't leave your pet for too long - our furry friends deserve the love and a share of the festive fun as much as we do. Spend time with them this winter - it is the perfect opportunity now.