Pets at Christmas



Christmas is a busy time for us all, but it is important to remember canine and feline friends, keeping them safe and happy over the festive season. Here are our tips for a stress-free Christmas for you and our four leggeds:

Food Safety

It is important to remember that many foods served at Christmas can be poisonous or harmful to pets. When saving scraps, ensure that you do not to include any of the following items:

  • Chocolate is a well-known problem food for dogs. Do not give chocolate to your pet in any form.
  • Onions and garlic can affect the dog’s red blood cell count, leading to anaemia, breathlessness, weakness and vomiting.
  • Grapes and raisins contain a toxin that can lead to kidney failure.
  • Turkey bones can splitter if ingested, which could potentially perforate the intestines or throat.
  • Macadamia nuts and walnuts contain a toxin that can cause weakness and paralysis.

This list is also applicable to cats. In addition, make sure you keep food covered and away from reach, and be careful when using foil, as this can cause problems if ingested. Finally, try not to give your pet too many salty, fatty or sugary treats. Give them Christmas themed pet treats instead, such as Hatchwells Christmas Tarts.

Stress Management

Christmas can be a stressful time for us all, including our pets. Having lots of new people coming and going and a busy, altered routine can be problematic – ensure that you give your animals a quiet, safe place to retreat to if they are stressed or scared. You could also try a calming supplement such as M&C’s Serene-UM.

Frozen Lakes

This winter has been fairly mild so far, but if there is a cold snap frozen lakes can be a significant hazard. Stay safe by keeping your dog on a lead, and do not throw sticks or balls near icy waters. Most importantly, do not follow your dog onto the ice, and do not attempt to rescue your dog if they experience problems. Instead, call the fire brigade.

Additional Considerations

  • Remember to stock up on any medication if your pet needs them, and have your emergency vet number to hand.
  • Hoover up any pine needles that shed from your Christmas tree, as these can get stuck in your pet’s paws.
  • Remember to have fun! Christmas is a lovely time to spend with your pets – so make sure you spoil dogs with plenty of walks, and give other pets attention, treats and toys. Groomers have a wide range of fun festive gifts, to shop the range click here.

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