Keeping Pets Safe at Christmas
Christmas is a time for celebration, and festive treats.
Christmas can be a puzzling and stressful time for pets with plenty of visitors and distractions in our homes. To help keep them calm and safe we have put together a little Christmas guide.
- Pets can’t resist the brightly coloured, decorations that cover our homes at Christmas – make the environment as pet safe as possible by
- Choosing Christmas decorations marked as Non-Toxic are the safest bet.
- Making sure that Christmas tree light cables are covered wherever possible with a cable guard to stop them chewing the wires, which could cause electric shock or even fire.
- Don’t give your dog Turkey or Chicken bones, they can splinter and cause serious and potentially life threatening injuries.
- Make sure you and your guests resist those sad Puppy Dog eyes when eating Mince Pies, Christmas cake/pudding – as vine fruits are toxic to dogs and can cause renal failure – so, don’t give in to temptation – give them a safe doggy treat instead
- Poinsettias, Mistletoe, Amaryllis, Holly, Some Ferns and Pine Sap look lovely, and are popular at Christmas, BUT are poisonous to cats and dogs.
- If any presents contain food or chocolate, don’t leave it under your tree ready for Christmas day – its likely your pet will open it before you! Chocolate contains theobromine and is toxic to dogs and other animals. For the same reason, don’t hang Chocolate decorations on your tree!
- If you have a real Christmas tree, hoover up regularly, as the pine sap from the needles is poisonous to pets, and make also cause physical injury.
- Create a Pet Den where your pets can escape to, should the festivities prove too much for them. For Dogs: behind the Sofa or in a quiet room. For Cats, they feel safest when they are higher up, so, a shelf or on top of a cupboard works well. Keep your pets bed, food and water bowls in the den. When you have made the den, encourage your pets to use it, by giving them healthy treats when they go to it. They will soon associate it with a calm, relaxing place to retreat to.
- Make sure any guests know to close doors, windows and gates to avoid your pet escaping should they get panicked by all the Christmas party fun happening in your home.
- Try to keep your pets routine as “normal” as possible – they love routine, and it makes them feel safe and stress free.
- Take your dog out for their usual walk throughout the festive fun, this will help tire them out, keep their routine and help to prevent them from becoming bored and disruptive.