The Festive Season with our PETS

The Festive Season with our PETS

Christmas is often busy and chaotic. Help your pet cope with the chaos by keeping to their normal routine, as much as possible and to keep them safe and happy

·         Provide your pet with somewhere cosy and quiet where they can retreat to and have their own space away from the festive excitement. When your pet is in their quiet spot, make sure they are left alone and not disturbed by children or other guests. 

·         Chocolate, mince pies, Christmas pudding, onion gravy and alcohol are all poisonous for our pets and the bones from carcasses are a dangerous choking hazard.

·         Festive food isn’t the only hazard to consider around Christmas time, some household items can also be dangerous, plants and flowers including poinsettias, holly, ivy, mistletoe and lilies can be toxic, so avoid these if you have pets.

·         Tinsel and wrapping paper might be tempting for your pet to play with but make sure they don’t eat it! 

It’ll be best to only allow pets around the tree when they can be supervised, as:

  • hanging edible decorations, like chocolate, are poisonous to dogs and can cause severe damage to their health
  • cats and dogs might be tempted to chew or play with hanging tree decorations.

·         Baubles – cats and dogs can choke if they swallow small baubles

·         It can be tempting to shower our pets with tasty treats. But extra weight gain can lead to health problems, so to keep your pet happy and healthy keep treats to a minimum.

 If you do want to spoil them with something extra, make sure the calories are accounted for in their daily food ration and feed them a little less for dinner.

For more information please visit: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/seasonal/christmas/petsafe/-/articleName/Seasonal_Advice_Christmas_2

Written by

Darlington & District Branch RSPCA © 2017