Dangers At Christmas
While December is a great time for us humans to eat, drink, and be merry, the festivities can often pose a threat to our beloved pets. We’ve picked out a few things to keep an eye out for, which may save your pet some discomfort and you a trip to the vet!
Chocolate- must be avoided with dogs and cats at all costs- keep it out of reach, and don’t forget the tasty tree ornaments!
Cooked Bones- while your pets might sit at your feet dribbling as you carve up the turkey, cooked bones pose risk of splintering. Stick to small cuts of meat, or put a raw bone aside before cooking (remember to always supervise your pets with chews.)
Chritsmas Pudding, cake, and mince pies- these can be full of potential hazards including raisins, sultanas, alcohol, and nuts.
Silica Gel & Batteries- while not technically food, these little parcels can look like treats to your pet! Pop them straight in a secure bin.
Poinsettias, Mistletoe, Holly, Ivy- while these vary in their toxicity, these at a minimum will cause stomach upset- not the best way to spend Christmas Day!
Candles- an obvious danger but leaving candles unattended is easily done!
Tree Decorations- particularly tempting to cats, baubles, tinsel, and pine needles are all a recipe for disaster. Try using dried orange slices as decoration or spritz a bit of lemon juice around the bottom branches- this should deter curious paws and noses!
Fairy Lights and wires- again more of a curious feline risk, but puppies also love to chew wires. Keep them tucked away and ensure your pet is occupied with something they can play with or chew- bored pets are full of mischief!
Remember, you know your pet better than anyone. Always keep an eye on them and their behaviour- if anything changes, contact your vet. If you want to know how to keep your dogs and cats busy over the Christmas period, come and see us in store. We can keep them happy, and give you some well deserved peace and quiet