We are all looking forward to a wonderful Christmas after lockdown shared with family and furry friends – and lots of new puppies too! But amidst all the fun and frolics we are expecting to enjoy with our lovely furry companions its important to keep them safe over the festive season. Here are our top tips for making sure your pup stays happy and healthy over Christmas.
1. Deck the halls with holly and baubles:
Christmas decorations may seem like fun toys for your dog but they can cause injury especially if eaten. Glass baubles and holly can cause cuts, while small decorations can be swallowed and cause foreign body blockages in the intestines. Make sure you keep decorations out of your pet’s reach at all times
2. The candles shine so brightly:
Use a circuit breaker for all Christmas lights, especially those that trail behind the Christmas tree, to prevent your pet getting an electric shock while investigating your bright, festive lights.
3. Later we’ll have some pumpkin pie:
Want to give your pet his own Christmas dinner this year? Avoid toxic foods such as onions, garlic (or foods which have been cooked in or contain onion and garlic), raisins, sultanas, dates and grapes, chocolate and alcohol. Also, avoid fatty foods such as potatoes cooked in goose fat or butter as these can cause pancreatitis. If you want to make a special pet dinner, the ideal treat is plain, cooked turkey and some delicious crunchy vegetables! Also, mistletoe and holly berries can cause gastroenteritis, so make sure your pet doesn’t have a nibble.
4. Rocking around the Christmas tree:
Christmas tree needles can get stuck in paws or in mouths if chewed. Try to clear away fallen needles where possible.
5. Time for presents:
Some dogs will be able to sniff out tasty treats under the tree, and will be delighted by the challenge of unwrapping them!! Keep edible presents out of your pets’ reach, especially chocolate and alcohol.
6. The fire is so delightful:
If you have an open fire, make sure you use a fireguard to stop your dog getting too close. If you have turned the central heating on, check that your dog hasn’t fallen asleep underneath as they can burn the fur on their back!
7. Walking in a winter wonderland:
When walking your dog in the cold weather, be careful of the cold ground on his paws. Avoid walking over frosty grass and watch out for salt grit, which can cause contact dermatitis. Wash your dog’s feet after a walk in the snow with baby wipes or a wet towel.
8. O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree:
Watch out for your dog pulling the Christmas tree – he may become tangled or cause the tree to topple over. Ensure your tree is stable by investing in a sturdy base.
9. And a happy New Year:
Fireworks over New Year can be a source of anxiety to many cats and dogs. Make sure your pet is calm and comfortable by using a pheromone diffuser like Adaptil or Feliway and making sure your pet has a hideaway place where he feels safe in case it starts to sound scary outside. Close the curtains and turn on the TV or radio to help with distraction, but don’t fuss or comfort your pet if he is showing signs of fear – this only confirms that your pet is right to be afraid.
10. We wish you a merry Christmas:
Last but definitely not least, don’t forget to give your pet lots of extra love and cuddles this Christmas – after all, they deserve it! Check out our selection of festive dog gifts for your furry companion that will arrive just in time for Christmas.