W e’re all looking forward to a bit of Christmas cheer, but don’t forget it can be a scary and dangerous time for animals living amongst the human festivities.
Spare a thought for the furry members of your family this Christmas and read our blog on how to keep your pet safe amid all the excitement.
While it’s lovely to dress the house for the festive period, our poor animals don’t understand why the shiny new additions aren’t toys for them. Cats in particular can be beguiled by lights and try to attack twinkly baubles – while this might make a funny YouTube clip, it can end up with a frightened feline bringing down the Christmas tree leaving a mess of needles, shattered ornaments and broken lights posing a fire hazard. The best way to keep your pet safe is simply to shut the door to any room with a Christmas tree or tempting tinsel when you are not around.
Likewise, you should also watch out for other hazards associated with presents the time of year which might be lying around, such as drawing pins, cellotape, string, scissors and plastic bags.
Mistletoe and fresh holly sprigs make lovely seasonal decorations, but make sure you keep them out of reach of your four-legged friends as the berries are highly poisonous. In fact most of our Christmas fare is harmful for dogs and cats, including Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mince pies, chocolate and cooked bones.
Please don’t be tempted to feed your pets the scraps off the table either, as some of our food can seriously damage your dog’s health. See our list of items that you should never give your dog at the top of this post to keep your pet safe this Christmas. If your hound does manage to sneak behind your back and steal the Christmas pud, pack of mince pies, chocolate log or the cooked turkey carcass, then it’s best to visit the vet, and fast, as these substances can be very harmful indeed.
Many people celebrate the holidays, particularly New Year’s Eve, with fireworks, so it’s worth reminding yourself of our top tips to keep your pets stress-free during the loud bangs. If you live in a built up area, it might be noisier at night with increased revelry from nearby party-goers, so don’t forget to walk your dog before it gets busy, keep your cat in overnight and consider leaving on a radio if you go out to mask unexpected noises.
Spoil them rotten
We’re sure you’ll pamper your pets with presents, but don’t forget to make a fuss of them throughout the day for coping with the chaos so that they don’t leave you a nasty surprise to find later!
Wishing you and all your pets a very happy and safe festive period!
Written by: Lucy Ellis
Photos by: Anuko by Robin Hall; Fireworks by Lucy Ellis