Happy Christmas For Your Pets
Christmas is nearly upon us and it’s very easy to get caught up in the excitement, so grab a mug of something warming and take a moment to remind yourself of things you need to bear in mind to give your pets a good holiday.
While you’re enjoying a slap up turkey meal with all the trimmings, don’t let your dog or cat polish off any leftovers. Human food can be very rich for pets, causing nasty upset stomachs, while cooked bones can splinter and be extremely dangerous. If you want to give your dog a treat, why not consider the Festive Turkey Complete by Paleo Ridge, or something special like a whole rabbit?
We know that your freezers will be working on overtime in the next couple of weeks, so we’re open between Christmas and New Year for you to stock up on frozen dog, cat and reptile food – check our opening times here.
Remember that many human foods can be poisonous to pets – particularly chocolate, raisins and grapes found on festive feasts – but decorations can also be dangerous. Refresh your memory with our blog on keeping pets safe at Christmas.
Keep Calm and Carry On
Many pets are disturbed by the commotion of Christmas, but there are plenty of options to help your animals remain calm despite increased activity in the household. Pet Remedy has a wide range of valerian-based products to relieve stress in animals – and it works on humans too! – from a simple spray for bedding and clothing, to a diffuser or atomiser, while Dorwest offers a liquid and tablet form of valerian to be ingested. Anxiety wraps are also a great way to relax your pet as it acts as natural swaddling to comfort him. If you do have extra guests staying with you, it’s a good idea to make sure your pet has somewhere quiet she can escape to if needed.
Treats & Toys
Don’t forget to put a stocking and a few presents under the tree for your pet – we’ve got a whole range of ideas from pick & mix treat stockings and toy stockings, to a selection of Christmas jumpers, bandanas, scarves and headbands, not to mention smart new beds and blankets. For ideas on which dog toys to invest in this year, check out our article on the different types of toys available and Marley’s blog for reviews of specific items.
Don’t neglect your dog walking duties while you’re busy entertaining family and friends over the holidays, otherwise you might end up with a hyperactive and destructive dog. As well as exercise, dogs benefit greatly from playing games and receiving attention, which can help to keep them calm. Read this article for more information on the power of mental stimulation.
Charity At Christmas
Unique Pets is promoting a big drive to help the animals at Chiltern Dog Rescue Society this Christmas. There are five ways you can get involved – see our blog for more information. From lightening your purse of spare change and donating hand-me-down dog accessories, to buying new toys and food at a discount, we’re helping you to help hounds waiting for their forever home.
Remember that a dog is for life, not just Christmas – enjoy your time with your best friend during the holidays, and for the rest of your life.
Written by: Lucy Ellis
Photos: Santa Paws by Robin Hall; all others by Lucy Ellis