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Keep Your Pet Safe This Christmas - Updated!


With the holiday celebrations already begun, we thought we'd do a quick update reminder of the does and don'ts for the safety and happiness of your pet.

This time of year can be a very stressful and hazardous for pets so we'll focus on some of the biggest issues for your pets.

  • Get togethers. Although your pet may be very sociable, the excited comings and goings of family and friends or you buzzing around to complete your Christmas jobs can unsettle your pet. Some pets can become a little overwhelmed. Ensure they have a safe quite place or room to escape to and leave them with a raw bone to help release any tension and stress.

  • Children. Children often grab and pull a pet without fully understanding that pets don't like this. Make sure you're looking for any of the basic signs of stress such as the pet trying to escape or them hiding under furniture. Teach the children you know to always ask beforehand if they can touch a pet, then to offer the back of their hand to the noise of the pet first. If the dog or cat doesn't show any interest in being touched, then teach the child to respect this and walk away. Make sure an adult is looking out for the safety of your pet and children alike.

  • Heat Exhaustion. As the weather gets hotter and the humidity increases make sure your pet doesn't suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke. This applies to both cats and dogs. Either of these can be dangerous for your pet and in severe cases can cause organ failure. But with a little care, it's usually easy to avoid. Firstly don't shave your dog's coat and make sure they are always in a well ventilated area, that they are never left out in direct sun or empty cars. Pets need to be able to escape the heat at any given moment. Always make sure they've access to clean fresh water. Don't over-exercise your dog and avoid walking them at the hottest time of the day. Be aware of the first signs of heat distress; lethargy, collapse, heavy rapid panting, drooling and dehydration.

  • Festive Food. With the increase in festive food and sweet cakes etc. it's very easy for your pet to eat something toxic. Ensure food is properly stored or out of reach and don't overindulge them by giving them too many table tidbits. Ask your guests to not feed the dog or give cooked bones as they're dangerous for your pet and are like the equivalent of your pet eating broken glass. Don't give your dog or cat any edible Christmas gifts such as dog or cat chews or rawhide chews etc. They are toxic read more here. Give them a treat of real raw food or a bone.

  • Festive Plants. Certain Christmas plants can be poisonous to pets such as mistletoe, poinsettias, holly and ivy. Ensure these are kept out of reach and that any decorations that have the potential to harm are placed at a height where they can't be interfered with by your pet. Looking to give a gift or decorate with more plants around the house before the guests arrive? Chose from these plants that make a great gift and are edible for pets too.
  • Christmas Decorations. Make sure your tree is safely secure, any edible tree ornaments or presents are out of reach for your pet and things like lights are placed as safely as possible to prevent your dog chewing on the cables or knocking them as they pass by.

  • Dressing up. You may think it's cute to dress up your cat or dog up and get them in the Christmas spirit but most pets are miserable when you do this. Respect the fact that as cute or as funny as it may be for you, they're not happy with the arrangement and like you, they're sensitive to being mocked or made fun of, so avoid adding to their stress at this time of year.

  • Fireworks & Lanterns. This is the worse kind of stress for your cat and dog. With their extraordinary ability to hear, it makes the sound of fireworks tens times worse for your pet than you! Whether your hosting a party or trying to survive neighborhood celebrations, where fire works are being let off, you need to ensure the safety of your pet. They need a safe place to hide that is far away as possible from the noise and the light explosions. A place of safety where they know no harm will come to them. If they do become distressed don't chastise them, try to help calm them. And always keep your cat and dog indoors when there are fireworks. 

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