10 Safety Tips For Pets This Christmas
'Tis the season to be merry! Mistletoe, muddy walks, decking the halls and dressing the tree, and let's not forget the jolly joy of ever so bright jumpers lovingly knitted by your nan - it's all very exciting! Christmas and New Year can be loads of fun, and this year we're all grabbing every excuse for joyful exuberance we can muster; but even as we're getting swept up in all the festivities, it's as important to factor in that this time of year can be stressful for our pups and its important to be aware of the risks and how best to care for your dog through the chilly days ahead.
Luckily, our friends at Pets At Home are here to help. Their top ten safety tips for pets this Christmas will help you spot the potential hazards before you or your pup get tangled up in them.
1. Keep paws clean
Grit, snow and ice can all cause sore paws! It's good to know that antifreeze is toxic to pets. Particularly with cats, it can be ingested while they’re grooming so it's vital to stay on top of their paw care.
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2. Make sure your pet has a quiet place to escape to
With the hustle and bustle of extra guests, some pets become distressed. It’s important for them to have somewhere to escape to where they can feel safe and relaxed.
3. Loud noises can scare pets
Be careful and considerate when pulling crackers, party poppers or letting off fireworks - loud noises can scare pets
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4. Keep Christmas plants out of reach
Christmas cherry, mistletoe and poinsettia are mildly toxic if eaten by pets. It could cause vomiting, excess drooling or diarrhoea. You don't want to have to dash to the vet on Christmas!
5. Keep your pet away from the Christmas tree
Although most species of Christmas tree have low toxicity, it's important not to let your pet eat any part of it. If ingested, it can cause mild vomiting and diarrhoea.
6. Don't leave lit candles unattended
Pets may burn themselves or cause a fire if candles are left for them to knock over. Remember to always use a fireguard on open fires.
7. Be careful with baubles, tinsel and toys
If you have an inquisitive pet or house rabbit, extra precautions such as small fences around your tree will stop them from chewing decorations and light wires.
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8. Hoover up any fallen pine needles
Stray needles from your tree can get stuck in the soft paws of your pet and cause painful irritation. If ingested, they're just as dangerous and may result in irritation to the intestines.
9. Avoid putting edible gifts under the Christmas tree
Even if they appear to be well wrapped, pets will most likely sniff out any food-based gifts under the tree. They could try to work their way through the packaging and eat potentially harmful foods that aren't suitable for them.
10. Do not feed your pet any festive food
Please remember that chocolate, raisins, nuts, fruit cakes and mince pies are all toxic to pets. While not all festive food is poisonous, it could be too rich and cause serious stomach upset. Stick with the doggie treats you know and love.
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