Festive Tips for Pets

Christmas is a fantastic time to be with the ones you love and enjoy a few treats and most of us include our pets in the festivities.


To help ensure your pet is kept safe this Christmas follow our simple tips -  


Keep cables from tree lights out of reach to ensure they can’t be chewed. We keep some jingle bells on the bottom branches to warn of impending disaster should the cats start to climb! Choose decorations with care too – no edible items and choose non-toxic durable materials. Hoover up the tree needles regularly to avoid them being ingested. Burning candles should be kept high up from wagging tails.

Poinsettias, holly, mistletoe, amaryllis, lilies, ferns and pine sap are poisonous to cats and dogs

Consider creating a safe space for your pet – a crate or the spare room perhaps (Cats might prefer a high shelf on the bookcase) – in case they need peace and quiet. If you have a number of guests in your home remember to monitor your pets behaviour. Children should always be supervised; encourage safe play and look out for signs that your pet has had enough. Long walks will tire out your dog and stop them getting disruptive.

During Christmas journeys remember that your dog must be restrained in the car. Natural remedies are available to ease travel stress and sickness. Prepare for long journeys - pack food, water and blankets. Check your breakdown policy to ensure pets are included.

We all like to share treats from the table but the following foods should be avoided entirely as they are toxic even in small amounts –

Onions and other bulb vegetables, stuffing, grapes, raisins, currants, sultanas, alcohol, Christmas cake, Christmas pudding, mince pies, avocado, rhubarb,  macadamia nuts, walnuts, products containing xylitol (an artificial sweetner) and chocolate.

Try to avoid a large amount of fatty or salted foods. Don’t give your pet any cooked bones – they can splinter and cause serious issues to your pets

If you do want to share treats from the festive table why not try small amounts of white turkey meat and vegetables including carrots, parsnip, peas and sprouts

One final tip – look up your vet’s out of hours service over the festive period including the number of pet friendly cab services just in case you need help.

For pet gifts and treats or for further help pop in to Mcgrumpy and Snuffles, Duck Farm Court.

Article Date: 15 December 2016